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Seeing Sam (Next August #3)

By Kelly Moore

Seeing Sam

Synopsis

Blind faith sent Sam’s world spiraling. He trusted the wrong person that almost cost August and Nashville their lives. His guilt sends him on a journey to figure out who he is and what type of man he wants to be.

A once innocent, sweet young man, now faces life alone by his own choice. He rebuilds himself to be a good, strong man. An old injury threatens the use of his legs, just as he meets a beautiful brunette that will change his world again. He falls in love for the very first time with sweet, innocent Emma Flinn.

Emma has had her own tragedies in life to deal with, but she hasn’t let anything stop her from being an independent, successful woman. She’s lived in the same town her entire life and has quit hoping for prince charming to come along. Until out of the blue, Sam comes crashing into her life. They fall in love fast and hard.

Everything seems perfect to Emma, but Sam has something that he’s been hiding from her. He’s faced with a decision to either help Emma, or lose something that will cost him dearly. Sam chooses love and it rips their lives apart, leaving Emma to start over again.

Emma learns of Sam’s secret and is willing to forgive him, but will Sam let her?

Review

Seeing Sam is my favorite of the Next August series and that is saying something as I LOVED Next August when August and Nash first get together.

Firstly, I love the cover of this book and I can see the significance to the storyline.  Seeing Sam flowed easily, the build up was perfect and it jumped time at the right moments.

Two moments in this story brought me to tears and had me full of apprehension, both times Sam is heading to New York City!

Sam is the one character in this whole series that has evolved into a magnificent human being.  To remember him as a young boy with August climbing those walls and meeting Nash and how in this story he has grown into a man.

Emma was a simply beautiful soul and then add in Tennyson and what an amazing way for Sam to find his peace.

There are a few moments of suspense and drama that complete this story.  Sam finally finds his own family and it was lovely to see Nash and August play their part.

Seeing Sam (Next August #3)

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Marco’s Redemption

By Lynda Chance

Marco's Redemption

Synopsis

Marco Donati is rich, ruthless–and more often than not–indiscriminate. Interested only in satisfying his sexual needs casually and frequently, he has no intention of changing a thing about his life. Natalie Lambert is alone, broke, and new to the city when a chance encounter leaves her under the power and control of Marco Donati. As the story unfolds, tensions mount and trust is tested between two people who can’t manage to stay away from each other.

Review

Marco’s Redemption has all the ingredients of an easy quick romance read with an alpha man and naive and sweet young girl.  Marco was a dynamic character, headstrong and at times very overbearing but I still loved him.

This is a very fast flowing story however at times I did feel it jumped too far ahead.   The chemistry and connection between Marco and Natalie gave me some magical moments.  Marco was a dominant businessman and Natalie was a country girl at heart.   Loved the way she looked after Marco in his home as it allowed you to escape into the fairytale.

The building tension with Kennedy gave the story some darkness yet showed Marco’s strength.  There were some great emotional scenes as Marco’s need developed to find his redemption with Natalie.

Another great addition was Kennedy who provided some fantastic intense dominant scenes.  However, I did believe that Marco’s acquaintance fled too easily without any drama.

In conclusion, the ending in this standalone satisfied my desire to see Marco and Natalie with their happy ever after.

Marco’s Redemption

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Still Air (Portland ME #4)

By Freya Barker

Synopsis

Deprival haunted her…

Regret troubled her…

Silence left her detached…

A life in the service of others is both penance and a blessing. She soothes her personal hell by pulling victims from theirs, helping them on their path to survival; never finding her own.

When a crippling blow finally evaporates her last hope, the temptation to give up is strong. Still, she can’t find it in her to turn her back on those who need her: the innocent, whose rescue is her perpetual goal.

He was blind, but now he sees how his family has sifted through his fingers. The reality hits hard when his son becomes a stranger, slipping deeper into transgression. Concern has him call on the one person he fears will see his own failures all too clearly. A woman he’s kept his distance from for his own protection.

What appeared to be an incompatible pairing, turns out the unyielding bond needed to heal them all.

Review

Still Air out of all the books in the Portland ME series has really surprised me as it was so much more than just about Pam.  This book is about how you reap what you sow and both Pam and Dino were highly deserving of how all the past characters assisted these two.  I savoured the change of pace that Freya wove into the final book of this series.

Dino is one character that has been with each of the other three women in books 1 to 3 being Syd, Viv & Ruby who all had Dino’s help and this was fantastic to see him get his second chance.

Pam’s story was sad and so many things about her past made sense in how she dealt with the three girls from the first three books.  I also loved how they stepped up and helped Pam in her time of need, friends are the family you choose.

The Portland ME series is just one of those groups of books I will read again and again and each book had an important part to share with the reader about second chances, new beginnings, family and love.

Still Air (Portland ME #4)

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Whispered Prayers Of A Girl

By Alex Grayson

Synopsis

A tortured soul meets a damaged family…
A lonely man, a widowed woman, a carefree boy, and a broken girl… Can the four come together and help heal each other? Or will fear of the unknown and guilt about the past keep them apart?
 
Her whispered prayers break her…
At night, as she’s drifting off to sleep, I press my ear to the door and listen to her heart-wrenching pleas. Her words are agony to my healing heart, but I cherish the sound of them, for that’s the only time I ever hear my beautiful daughter speak. Since her father died two years ago, she’s grown quiet and withdrawn. Cat’s Valley was to be our new beginning, a place where my family and I can heal, but what we find there is so much more.
 
Scars mar his body. Pain has left him in pieces…
Four years ago, I lost the two things I cherished most in the world. They were ripped from my arms in the most painful and cruel way. Since then, I’ve kept to myself, preferring to stay away from the pitying looks and murmured rumors. Everything changed when she and her children barged into my life. It was an accident, and I don’t deserve them, but now that they’re here, I’m not sure I can let them go.

Review

WHISPERED PRAYERS OF A GIRL is a beautiful and emotional read that you will definitely need tissues for.  Alex, Gwen, Kelsey and Daniel have all experienced heartbreaking loss, but after being stranded in a snowstorm together for just a few days, friendships are born that help pave the way to healing and happiness.

Alex is a town local, but he became a recluse after a tragic accident robbed him of so much.  He blames himself for the accident and therefore doesn’t think he deserves a happy life, especially one with Gwen and her kids.  Because of his guilt, he spent a lot of the story trying to decide whether he should be with her or not.

Gwen is new to town, having arrived about two years after the death of her husband that left her a single parent to their two children: Kelsey and Daniel.  Gwen is a very patient and forgiving woman, and she needed to be when it came to Alex.  I loved Daniel and his playful personality, and my heart broke for Kelsey and the blame she carries on her little shoulders over her father’s death.

There were only a few small things that bothered me.  We never heard anything about the person who caused Alex’s accident at all.  Were they punished?  Did they survive?  We don’t know, and I thought it was odd that it was never mentioned.  We also never learn what happened to the horse, Bandit, that Alex was training?  Alex and Bandit had an interesting connection, and I wish we’d seen some closure in regards to that.  Finally, I found some of their thoughts and conversations to be a little repetitive.

WHISPERED PRAYERS OF A GIRL is told in dual POVs and it ended with a lovely HEA for Alex and Gwen.  At this time it appears to be a stand-alone, and I didn’t get the feeling anyone else in this story would get their own book.  But you never know.

Whispered Prayers Of A Girl

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Digital Velocity (McAllister Justice Series #2)

By Reily Garrett

Synopsis

The deadliest weapons are the ones we never see. Keyboard prodigy, Lexi Donovan has risen from teenage orphan of the streets to complete independence with little help along the way. When a friend is threatened, Lexi sends an anonymous message to police, leading to a firefight that leaves a cop wounded. Detective Ethan McAllister’s well-ordered life turned upside down the day an obscure text message led to a sexual predator’s identity and arrest. Since then, Callouston PD’s finest can’t trace the elusive hacker sending him tips. The latest text leads him to a brutal mutilation and a riddle indicating the identity of the next murder victim. The dark net houses a playground for the morally depleted and criminally insane. When Lexi discovers a killer’s digital betting arena, she finds herself centered in the cyber stalker’s crosshairs, a psychopath bearing equal talent. Street life strengthened her while toughening her protective shell, but nothing could shield her from the shrewd detective forging a path to her heart.

Review

Digital Velocity is a story of a socially awkward girl who can make a difference in the world. Lexi is extremely smart and talented.  But she has been given a tough road through life. Ethan has been on a different path but is extremely ambitious and wants to do good for the world.

In this book we get to see where their relationship has evolved to since they first got started in Tender Echoes. Lexi has been feeding information to Ethan about a serial killer but she hasn’t realized the can of worms she has opened.  She has worked hard to cover her tracks but when Ethan gets injured because of her she has to make sure he is okay.

Ethan is a great detective who has made it his mission to keep Lexi safe. After she reveals herself to him, he becomes aware that she will put herself in harms way if she thinks that she can find the person who is committing all of the murders. And the dominant side of his personality will not stand for it.

I really like where Reily Garrett is taking these characters.  She has written a really good murder mystery that allows Lexi and Ethan’s relationship to take off.  I love Ethan’s bothers and sister. And I also love how that allows Lexi to enter into a family.  Reily really made Lexi’s introduction into his family believable for me.  And Lexi allowed herself to have faith that Ethan would not let her down. I can’t wait to see where Reily takes this series!!!

Digital Velocity

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The Sweetest Burn (A Broken Destiny Novel #2)

By Jeaniene Frost

Synopsis

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn’t sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who’s decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he’s vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

Review

In this second novel of A Broken Destiny series, we find Ivy is looking for Brutus.  He hasn’t come home yet and it is almost dawn.  While looking for him, she manages to find a demon gateway on the beach.  With demons coming through to this plane.  She is on the run and guess who saves her, Adrian.  Ivy is blown away by having him back but she isn’t going to make it easy for him.

The Sweetest Burn is a fantastic follow up to Beautiful Ashes.  In this second book we see that Ivy is different now.  She is no longer naive to the world.  Ivy now knows that demons and Archons are real and they are at war.  She knows her lineage and what her destiny is.  But she also knows Adrian’s destiny and they are focused on changing it.

In this second book, I saw Zach in a new light (especially near the end). Jasmine and Costa are finding their roles in this new reality.  And secrets about Adrian are revealed.  Adrian must prove to Ivy that he has decided to fight his destiny.  Ivy doesn’t know how to deal with him.  She has feelings for him but they have a huge task in front of them and the human plane hangs in the balance.

I really enjoyed the dynamics of this relationship.  They had so much thrown at them.  Everyone is against them, even their destinies are against them.  In parts, it almost has a Romeo and Juliet feel to the story.  I also loved Zach’s role in this story.  He really makes you think about Angels and how they consider us humans.

There is so much action, emotion and mystery in this story.  And a grumpy gargoyle. (I will never look at a seagull the same). I can’t wait for book three!!!

The Sweetest Burn

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Untouched (Midwest Alphas #1)

By Tabatha Kiss

Synopsis

They told me to stay away from him.
But he couldn’t stay away from me. 

CLAIRE

I’m exiled.
My parents sent me far away from home to be scared straight by ex-cop step-uncle.
That’s when I met my step-cousin, Tobias.

Stay away from him, they told me. He’s a good guy.
If that’s true, then why does he come home covered in bruises?

I followed him one night.
I’m not sure what I was expecting to find but seeing him beat another man senseless in a boxing ring surrounded by adoring fans wasn’t it.

An illegal MMA tournament called The Midwest Alphas. 
Home to some of the most brutal fighters in the country and Tobias is the local favorite to win the whole thing.
But there’s something he wants more than underground fame and glory…
And he’s looking right at me.

TOBIAS

I’m screwed.
Living a double life was difficult enough already.
The last thing I needed was a curious girl like Claire following me around.

Stay away from her, they told me. She’s a troubled girl.
If that’s true, then she and I have more in common than they think.

I joined The Midwest Alphas for more than underground fame and glory.
There’s more at stake here but I can’t focus on winning with Claire’s eyes on me the whole time. She’s a distraction. One that I can’t afford to indulge in.

I want her but I shouldn’t.
I’m supposed to help protect her from men like me but I can hardly control myself around her.
She’s young. Too young.
I can’t touch her. Yet.

Untouched: The ALPHA Edition features nearly 10,000 new words. More blood, more sweat, and more forbidden love, all from Tobias’ perspective. Get into the mind of the Alpha for the first time and learn more about the dark and dangerous underground world of The Midwest Alphas! Book 1 of 3, so you can expect a mild plot cliffhanger.

Review

Untouched was a really enjoyable read and it is told from both main characters point of view which enables you to really connect to them and I also really loved Tobias’s dad Charlie.  Charlie brought Claire back from her troubled ways and enabled her to feel safe and cared for.

Whilst reading Untouched you are given great moments of MMA action with the other bad boy alpha fighters and then some suspenseful moments with heartache involving her step-brother Rick.

Both the physical and emotional scenes between Tobias and Claire are really well written, with great build up and were perfect –I loved them together.  I did also appreciate the author respecting Tobias and him waiting for Claire to recover and turn 18 – Tobias gave her respect when she had been given very little by her family.

Tobias and Charlie create an environment for Claire to recover and want to be a better person along with Amy who was humorous and enlightened you to the world of ALPHA fighting.

Personally for me there is no real cliffhanger at the end of this book 1 of the trilogy and if you are happy where this was left you could walk away.

Untouched (Midwest Alphas #1)

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Benn (Demons After Dark Book 2)

By Laurie Olerich

Synopsis

A former shrink in the SuperMax prison, Benn’s positive he’s lost his damn mind when he wakes up in the body of an uptight antiquities professor. One glance in the mirror and he knows he’s not in Hell anymore. After he’s brought into Expat Security, the archangel Raphael hands him a mission he can’t refuse if he wants to get home again. Live in Rome, raft into jungles, and risk life and brand new limbs? Oh, hell, yeah! To this rush-loving extreme athlete ex-demon, this sounds like his idea of Heaven! There’s only one problem. He can’t do the job without the help of a beautiful grad student who can’t stand the sight of him. He may not remember their past, but he’s ready to make their present a whole helluva lot more fun.

Grad student Lainey Hayes has done everything she can to escape her mother’s embarrassing world of psychics and palm readers. Throwing herself into her studies, she’s perfectly happy until she’s assigned to a special project with the egotistical, narrow-minded, and condescending Professor Daniels. The smug academic discounts anything and everything related to the paranormal–including her mother. The idea of spending months tramping through ruins with him sounds like her vision of Hell, but she’s shocked to discover this adrenaline junkie with a zest for life is nothing like the jackass she remembered.

Review

Hell is under attack. There is an ancient artifact that is out there that can kill Lucifer.  Vanek and his team need to find it first in order to save Hell and stop a civil war from breaking out and spilling over to the human plane.

Benn is a psychiatrist for Hell (who knew there are psychiatrists in Hell). He has be given a task from Raphael to find the artifact because his transporter is a specialist in artifacts.  He needs help because he didn’t get any memories from professor Daniels.

Lainey is a research assistant that has a history with Professor Daniels.  She doesn’t know that Daniels has turned into Benn.  She still thinks that he is the jerk she met a long time ago.  Lainey also has the ability to sense when someone is telling the truth or not and it doesn’t help that Benn has to lie to her.

Book 2 takes this series to the next level.  I love how Benn is slightly awkward and tries to fix his relationship with Lainey even though it was Daniels that wronged her. I also found that Lainey was adorable.  She is head strong and willing to do what it takes to achieve her dreams.  I also really like the interactions between all the demons.  They know what is at stake for the world but they still manage to show that they are more than coworkers that they are family.  I really love where Laurie is taking this series and can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

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Wicked Kiss (Realm Enforcers #4)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

Working as an informant for the DEA, Victoria Monzelle is used to living on the edge. But she’s not a big fan of getting kidnapped. And definitely not by a bunch of bad boy witches with fancy-colored fire to shoot at people. So when Adam Dunne shows up and claims to be a witch enforcer, she’s not going to put her life in his hands based on his word, no matter how smooth and smart and beautifully Irish his words sound. But on the run from a tribunal of witches, she isn’t going to make it far . . .

Before she knows it, Adam’s word is all that stands between her and execution. Sophisticated, just-gotta-ruffle-him Adam has vowed to make her his one eternal mate, wild and unpredictable as she is-to save her from a sentence of certain death. But Tori isn’t interested in being anyone’s pity date. And if they think she’s unpredictable now, they should see what’s coming next . . .

Review

In Wicked Kiss we are taken on an adrenaline ride from beginning to end.  Rebecca Zanetti gave us a treat with Adam Dunne.  We were given some insight into Adam in Wicked Burn when he came to help Nikolaj Veis and Simone Brightston.  Tori was kidnapped with Bear and brought to Ireland.  She was thrown into a world that she didn’t know existed and now she is given a death sentence by the head of the Council for the things that she has seen unless she mates Adam Dunne.

I adored Adam.  He is in a tough position trying to stay an enforcer while his family is in hiding plus keeping Tori safe.  He knows that she is special but he doesn’t know in what way.  He is also working undercover trying to find out who is making Apollo.

Tori has no idea what’s going on.  She has been taken and now she has to figure out how to get out of a bad situation.  Tori is head strong and will not be forced into anything.  She also has secrets of her own.  She has a gift that no one else knows about.

I had so much fun with this story.  It has everything that I have come to love about this series in the perfect balance.  Including Humour, tons of action and a little heartache with a romance. Adam and Tori are perfect for each other but getting these two together is challenging.  I especially liked Tori.  She knew she was different and realized that made her special. There is a lot that goes on in this story and I don’t want to give any spoilers away.  I can’t wait for Bear’s story.

Wicked Kiss

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Through Fire (Portland ME #3)

By Freya Barker

Synopsis

Violence corroded her…

Obedience defiled her…

Fear kept her chained…

Freedom is hard to embrace when she’s never learned to trust. Yet in the span of a second, she grabs a single opportunity and runs toward it. Straight into the sanctuary of a pub at the end of a wharf.

She doesn’t understand the concept of friendship. She’s never felt the connection of a relationship. She’s as innocent as the driven snow and yet tainted with corruption. Still, she finds herself surrounded by people who accept her, without even knowing the first thing about her. But one of them is determined to dig deeper.

He treasures his friends, yet he’s steered clear of committed relationships. He likes his life comfortably predictable and entirely controlled. Until it isn’t. For months he’s avoided interacting with The Skipper’s newest addition. Perhaps realizing that once he looked deeply into those liquid brown eyes, he wouldn’t be able to turn away.

When his present and her past puts them both on the brink of change, they are forged through fire as one.

Review

Through Fire has been the hardest of this series so far for me to read.  I now have to try and attempt to explain how I feel about Ruby & Tim.  There was always something about Tim that made me want a story on him as he was so closed off and at times aloof in the first two books of this series.  Tim definitely acted as a Batchelor and was very set in his ways and of course it was going to take an exceptional woman for him to break down that barrier as even Viv could not do that.  Now Ruby or as Tim calls her “Boop” – which I adored by the way – is another strong woman but also has her soul and heart that needs filling with the love and security of a strong man and Tim for me did that perfectly.  Their journey is not easy and there are some detours so be prepared as Ruby needs to fight her way through so many barriers to trust Tim.

When Ruby asks Tim to teach her to “make love” well I had to put my book down and take a moment to realise how much has been taken from this woman.

Ruby’s story is really hard to stomach and my heart hurt for this woman who has had half of her life stolen from her at the hands of barbaric men.  Without giving too much away there were two scenes that stand out for me and cement the fact these two characters have a hard road ahead.  When Ruby falls to her knees in the kitchen at Tim’s and then also when she first locks herself in the bathroom, these were pivotal moments and I still think of them now.

Through Fire is not all dark and gloomy though, the author introduces Tim’s family, his parents provide such great moments of humour with strong bonds of the love of a great family, they gave not only Ruby hope but myself too for a HEA.  When Nina came into the story I could not turn those pages fast enough as I needed to know if my dream would come true and it did and it brought tears to my eyes and I was pretty happy for Tim’s brother with the doctor.

The ending is just perfect, it gives you a glimpse into the future and it makes all the darkness worthwhile and we of course get to see more of all the gang from the Skipper and it gives us a glimpse into the life that is Dino – his story is next!

Through Fire (Portland ME #3)

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