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Havoc (Moonshine Task Force #3)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

When a marriage of convenience turns into the passion of a lifetime…..

Holden “Havoc” Thompson

My job as the leader of the Moonshine Task Force is my life. I eat, breathe, and sleep it. The men under my command mean the world to me. Knowing they count on my guidance has kept my demons at bay for longer than I care to admit.

The control I have over myself is an iron fist that sometimes threatens to squeeze the life out of me. What I want more than anything is to live again – let go of the hurt smothering every bit of light I have in this darkness.

I don’t expect it to come in the form of a Moonshiner’s daughter needing my protection.

Leighton Strather

My whole life has been defined by who my family is. In the state of Alabama, we’re number one with a target on our backs. The danger and prestige isn’t for me. I don’t care about the money, and I care too much about the families we’ve ruined.

My brother and my dad are proud of it. They wear their arrest records like a badge of honor. Me? I want as far away from the lifestyle as I can get.

It’s the only reason I ask Holden to marry me.

I never expect his whispered yes to cause such upheaval in my life. Even though I resist, I learn some havoc is good – and this one? It’s a whirlwind of lust, hope, and love and all I can do is let it sweep me away.

Review

Havoc is simply fantastic and in my opinion the best so far of this 3 book series and I cannot wait for the next installment.  We were given a wonderful romantic build up along with the deepening story of the Moonshine family both Task Force and the Strathers.

Throughout this journey with the Moonshine Task Force, both Leighton and Havoc have intrigued me. Watching their interactions with sneaks of information was torture.  An integral scene for me has always been in the ambulance in book 2.

Leighton’s story and her growth as a character is one of my favorite parts of this story and the author gave her and Havoc the time to build their relationship.  Havoc and his nurturing of her as a young woman and the support he gave her was beautiful considering how she grew up.

A wonderful component of Havoc was Leighton and her brother rekindling their family connection after the drama of book 2.  I enjoyed learning more of the mystery of the Moonshine business.

An exciting development was Leighton’s co-worker and her problems at home and I look forward to seeing where her life changes with her own alpha protector.

This series is continuing to build strength, the Moonshine background is different to anything I have read and the supporting friendships provide a family base to the story.

The cover of Havoc is H.O.T. and he did not disappoint in his alpha protective ways, I cannot wait to see more of Leighton & Havoc and I hope to see babies as Leighton deserves to have a family of her own to love.

Havoc (Moonshine Task Force #3)

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Tank (Moonshine Task Force #2)

By Laramie Briscoe

Synopsis

Life isn’t promised, love isn’t easy, and relationships aren’t always clean, but everyone has their soulmate who is willing to forgive when it would be better to forget.

Trevor “Tank” Trumbolt

I never thought in the blink of an eye my life could change, but it did. Cresting a hill driving to my favorite fishing spot, I was hit head-on by a teenager with no regard for anyone’s life but his own.

The recovery process has been hard, painful, and damn near beating me down.

The bright spot? Blaze.

Surviving the wreck has given me a second chance to make a life with her. Not knowing if I’ll ever be able to rejoin the Moonshine Task Force again has brought my world into focus. It’s made me realize what’s important.

Blaze. Stella. My brothers. My sister.

The ego that ran Blaze away before isn’t here any longer. What’s left is a man who’s holding his heart in his hands and a burning hope that once I’m healed she’ll still be around.

Daphne “Blaze” Coleman

There’s only been one person in the world who’s accepted me for who I am – from the fiery red of my hair and vibrant tattoos covering parts of my body to the smartness of my mouth and my desire to be matched in the bedroom.

That man is Trevor Trumbolt. When he asked me to give up my job as an EMT because he saw the dangers I face one scary afternoon, it spelled the end for us.

Now that he’s been injured, he needs my help and my love. I’ll give it all freely, but in the end, I’m gonna need him to understand one thing about relationships. The give and take, love and sadness, pleasure and pain is a two-way street. He’s either in this with me or he’s not, but at the end of the day, I won’t let him boss me around.

If there’s anything that can handle the steel of a tank – it’s the heat of a blaze.

Review

Tank was an enjoyable second installment in this series, however, I definitely did not love this as I did Renegade.

Simply I have put this down to the fact it was more about Blaze and Tank and no so much about the ongoing Moonshine Task Force. Tank and Blaze have many hurdles to overcome and it provides for an emotional read.  I became a little bit bored with their relationship, to be honest.  I did find Blaze and her family history an interesting point in the storyline.  It kept me invested in her overcoming her emotional hurdles.

Now the introduction of Holden and Leighton’s story made me so excited and I cannot wait for Havoc as I think Holden is simply all alpha male.  As Holden appears in the ambulance scene when Leighton was injured it just set my heart soaring with hope for this young girl.

Loved seeing more of Renegade, Whitney and Stella and how their family life is progressing.

I have high hopes for Havoc to return to the illegal Moonshine and lots of drama with the Task Force showing their alpha capabilities.

Tank (Moonshine Task Force #2)

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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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Need You (The Garner Brothers # 1)

By Stacy Finz

Synopsis

The Garner brothers are poster boys for the ski resort town of Glory Junction, California. But as much as they love outdoor thrills, they know how to create indoor thrills, too . . .

Colt Garner thrives on adrenaline. As Glory Junction’s police chief and the co-owner of Garner Adventure, he knows where to find danger and excitement. Unfortunately his new neighbor, fussy, transplanted city girl Delaney Scott, is anything but a thrill, even if she is as gorgeously curved as a killer ski slope. They have nothing in common but a shared driveway they’re arguing over . . . and a mutual attraction neither of them can fight.

Starting over was not in designer Delaney’s plans. But now that her rotten ex has walked away with the rights to her brand, she needs to reinvent herself, and fast. It’s not easy with bold, brash Colt next door, too handsome for his own good, and, she’s sure, too unreliable for hers. But as small town life throws them together again and again, Colt and Delaney find that simple romance may be the most exhilarating gamble of all . . .

Review

NEED YOU is the first book from Stacy Finz I’ve read, and I found it to be quite enjoyable.

I liked Colt and Delaney, but of the two, I liked Delaney more.  They’ve both been hurt and betrayed by their exes, but while Delaney still has faith in love and is willing to try a new relationship, Colt is the opposite.  He would be a dick to Delaney any time his feelings were too close to the surface, and he kept comparing her to his ex, which is so wrong because they were nothing alike.  But I really liked that Delaney stood up for herself when he would do this, pointing out that he was unfair and insulting.  You go girl!

The only part of the story that irked me was when the author dragged out the reasons why their previous relationships ended.  We only find out what Colt’s and Delaney’s exes did at the 74% and 81% mark respectively.  Up to that point, both events were alluded to several times each, which got real old, real fast, and I am not a fan when an author does this.

NEED YOU is told in dual POVs and is the first book in The Garner Brothers series; a series that I assume will include at least three books.  Colt has three younger brothers (TJ, Josh and Win), but Josh is already married, so unless something drastic happens, I don’t see him getting his own story.  I liked the residents of Glory Junction, and I would gladly read the next book in the series.

Need You (The Garner Brothers # 1)

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Trixsters Anonymous

By Ahren Sanders

Synopsis

Sassy, dramatic, hot-headed are just some of the words used to describe me since the time I was born. A few little mishaps growing up and my mom has a running ‘Emerson Baker’ prayer circle, and I have the reputation of a spit-fire that won’t go away.

I prefer the terms loyal, passionate, fiery, and possibly a bit impulsive.

So when my best friend proposes the concept of starting our own business, I jump on the idea.

CHEATERS BEWARE!

That should be our motto… because your secrets can’t stay hidden for long with Trixsters Anonymous on the case.

We are the moonlighting duo hell-bent on helping those who suspect their lovers are cheating. We’re professional, careful, and completely anonymous…What could possibly go wrong?

Walker Scott… that’s what goes wrong.

I never stood a chance against the gorgeous, hazel-eyed, fiercely determined man who storms into my life and completely blindsides me.
He’s the proof that opposites attract—and when they do, the chemistry is explosive.
Did I mention he’s also a detective? A very, very, talented detective?

Pretty soon being a Trixster is a lot more complicated.

Review

TRIXSTERS ANONYMOUS is the first book of Ahren Sanders I’ve read and I won’t lie, it was the cover that drew me in.  So hot!!!

I quite liked Emi, who is smart, funny and friendly.  Despite the blurb and how she was described in the book, I really didn’t find her over-dramatic at all.  Instead I thought she was a force to be reckoned with, and in a good way.  Thanks mainly to Emi and her BFF, Maren, there’s plenty of humor in the story, and I absolutely loved the aliases they gave each other when they were on their stakeouts.  When trying to catch cheaters, they did put themselves in risky situations, but they were smart and tried to go into every situation with all their bases covered.  It didn’t always work, but at no point did I think they were too stupid to live.  The only thing about her that disappointed me was that she turned into a weeping mess with Walker, which was a huge about-face from her otherwise strong personality.

I might be in the minority here, but I wasn’t a big fan of Walker.  I liked that he knew early on that Emi was someone special; someone he knew he’d happily spend the rest of his life with.  What I didn’t like about him was how controlling he was, and there’s really no other word to describe him.  When a woman can’t even leave town for a weekend with her girlfriends without her boyfriend freaking out, tracking down her location and joining her without her permission, something’s not right.  Some women might find his behavior swoon-worthy, but I honestly found his possessive caveman routine more disturbing than alpha.

TRIXSTERS ANONYMOUS is told in dual POVs and, at this point, appears to be a stand-alone.  I did find it to be a very long read that did drag at times, but overall I enjoyed the story and loved the HEA we got.

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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!!!

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Make Me Stay (Panic #2)

By Sidney Halston

Synopsis

Secret identities, second chances, drama, desire: It’s all going down in Miami Beach in this tantalizing novel from the bestselling author of Pull Me Close, which was hailed by Aurora Rose Reynolds as “a heart-gripping story about . . . the power of love.”

April: Walking away from Matt Moreno was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Lying to him was a close second, but for his safety, I had no other choice. I was undercover, working to put some nasty people behind bars. But when Matt nearly recognizes me on Lincoln Road a year later, all those very real feelings come rushing back. Now that my assignment’s almost over, will he understand why I lied? Why I had to leave? Most important, can he ever forgive me?

Matt: I was madly in love with June Simpson . . . or, at least, with the woman I thought was June. Then she just disappeared while my family’s nightclub went through hell. And after months of searching, when I think I’ve finally found that sexy, raspy voice and those exquisite blue eyes, she slips away once more. Turns out, “June” is actually Detective April White. She’s been playing me the whole time. And she’s about to rock my world all over again.

Review

Make Me Stay is told in two parts, the first half we get to see Matt and April meet and follow the secret life that April leads.  The second half is when she finishes her undercover assignment she took after leaving Matt when his and Nick’s dad is arrested and put in Jail.

This instalment we also enjoy more of Nick and Katherine and it actually explained a lot more of Nick’s intense personality, I truly understood further how he first reacts to Katherine in the Nightclub in Pull Me Close (Panic #1).

Matt was a character that was very closed off but he is actually a really sensitive guy and wears his heart on his sleeve.  I loved the twist that brought April back to Matt’s life and let me just say I loved her work partner Dean, he was a good guy.

The second half of this story I loved more as I felt some real raw emotion between April and Matt, his fighting his feeling and her wanting to understand her life.  One of my favourite parts for understanding Matt was his visit to his dad and I liked that in the second part we were given memories of their time together before April left, especially the red balloons, that was romantic.

The flow of this story was perfect, although not as intense as Pull Me Close I still really enjoyed this next instalment in this great series.

Make Me Stay (Panic #2)

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Recluse (Spider Series # 1)

By Jaycee Ford

Synopsis

You were my brother in the line of duty.
My partner.
My best friend.
You were the man who had it all.
Your thoroughness and precision made you a great cop.
It’s what got you killed.
And now I live with the darkening shadows of your memory.
You weren’t here when I needed you to save me.
You weren’t here when I needed help solving the most gruesome murder this town had ever seen.
But most of all, you weren’t here to keep me from falling in love with your wife.

Review

RECLUSE is the first book I’ve read from Jaycee Ford, and despite what I’m about to say below, I didn’t hate it.  Honestly, I didn’t.

The first thing I need to point out is that RECLUSE ends in a cliffhanger, which was frustrating because the blurb makes no mention that it will end that way or that the murder will remain unsolved and continue on.  Without any information at this time, I can only assume that the murder mystery will continue to be the focal point throughout this series until the final book, and at this stage I have no idea how many books that will be.

I don’t have much to say about Wyatt or Grace, because the story as a whole is fairly short and only half of it focuses on them and their changing relationship, so you don’t learn a lot about them.  What you do learn is that Wyatt has spent the past several years filled with guilt lusting over his best friend’s wife, but a year on from his death, he comes to the realisation that his feelings for Grace aren’t going to go away, so he stops hiding them from her.  Grace was a little skittish, but overall, she handled moving on to a new relationship very well.

The other half of the story focuses on the murder investigation, while at the same time introducing us to all the secondary characters.  I had a lot of trouble keeping track of who everyone was, because sometimes a character would be called by their first name, but then they’d be called by their last name, which meant there were too many names to remember.  I also struggled with the love-triangle situation everyone seemed to be in.  Boy A wants Girl A, but is sleeping with Girl B, who really wants Boy B, while Boy C wants to sleep with Girl B, but really wants Girl C, and so-on and so-forth.  It was all very confusing.

RECLUSE held my attention and was a fairly quick read, told only in Wyatt’s POV.  With the exception of the prologue, the story takes place over a six day period.  Judging by the ongoing murder mystery, the books in this series will need to be read in order.  At this stage, I’m assuming each book will be about a different couple, but I’m honestly not sure given how this book ended for Wyatt and Grace.  There was no epilogue and I felt their relationship was not completely settled.  That being said, one could consider what happened between them at the end as a form of closure to their story, but I guess we’ll have to wait for the next book’s blurb to come out to know for sure.  Will I continue with this series?  I think so, but if I do, I’ll be waiting until the entire series has been released.

Recluse (Spider Series # 1)

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The Executioner (The Family Creed # 1)

By Shauna Allen

Synopsis

~ Five brothers, one family tragedy, untold heartache. ~

A stray bullet ended my Army career, forcing me to follow in my father’s prison guard footsteps.
My sister’s disappearance ten years ago annihilated my family, forcing each of us to find a way to cope. 
But I’ve survived. Adapted. 
At least until Genevieve Stone showed up, digging into the truth in the name of journalism and finding her way deep under my skin. I’m determined to do whatever it takes to find my sister, but when the case is blown wide open by the sexy reporter, I’m left with the ultimate question . . . can I trust her? 
I’m a soldier, heart and soul. 
I don’t do love. 
War and death and pain are my church.
My name is Asher Creed.
I am the Executioner. 

***Reader note: This is the first of a 6-part emotional family saga series. Each story is 100% male first-person point-of-view, and while each full-length novel is guaranteed to have a complete HEA romance, their family mystery remains unsolved until the end of the series.

Review

THE EXECUTIONER starts with a quick prologue that shows Claire being abducted ten years ago, before continuing on in the present day.  Asher’s family has been left devastated by Claire’s disappearance, but Asher is also saddened at how his once-close family has drifted apart over the years, as each family member has suffered alone and in silence.

Asher is a very hard working, honest and down to earth man.  What you see is truly what you get.  While working as a prison guard is not his dream job, he takes pride in his work and is respectful, which translates into being somewhat respected by most of the inmates he works amongst.  Genevieve is a crime reporter who doesn’t just focus on the crime when writing her stories, but also on the victims and their families.  Being a victim herself, she understands that it’s the people who are left behind that tend to suffer the most.  She’s perfect for Asher in that she too is very hard working, respectful and has a lot of integrity.

While THE EXECUTIONER does involve a romance between Asher and Genevieve, the bulk of this story revolves around the Creed family members as they deal with Claire’s disappearance, even ten years later.  I’ll be honest, I don’t remember much about the romance between Asher and Genevieve, but I am very intrigued by Claire’s disappearance and would love to know how that story plays out.

THE EXECUTIONER is told only in Asher’s POV and ends in a cliffhanger.  It is considered a family saga, so the books cannot be read as stand-alones and they will need to be read in order.  Asher is the oldest of five brothers, and each brother will get their own story: Asher; Levi; Jamison; Joshua; and Silas.  Although, considering this will be a six-part family saga, I’m not sure who the sixth book will be about.  I have a theory, but it’s one I’ll be keeping to myself.  Looking at Amazon, the next three books are being released at the end of May, June and July.  If that’s the case, I’ll be very happy that we won’t have to wait too long to find out what exactly happened to Claire.

The Executioner (The Family Creed # 1)

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Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts # 1)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

Valentine French may be the sassiest dating columnist in New York City, but the abundance of metrosexuals in her adopted metropolis is seriously cramping her style. Where are the beefy all-American boys? Hoping to find some inspiration, Val heads to Alaska, where the men outnumber the women fifteen to one and wrestle grizzly bears for sport. Or so she can only imagine. Suddenly the most eligible bachelorette in a town full of horny lumberjacks, Val is writing her best columns ever. But if she doesn’t get her nose out of her laptop, she just might miss out on Mr. Right.

Logan Burke is the sheriff of the little podunk town that Val finds so charmingly backward. He’s not that different from the guys she’s using for her little experiment; it’s just that one date would never be enough for Logan. As he listens to Val complain about love over beers in the local tavern, he realizes that she can’t see the forest for the trees. Because if she would ever give up her Prada bags and fourteen-dollar martinis, Logan would give her the only luxury that matters: his heart.

Review

SEX IN THE STICKS is the first book in a new series from Sawyer Bennett and, after the last book of hers I read, I was grateful that it was a lot easier on my emotions.

“You are seriously the sexiest man I’ve ever known.  I swear your words could probably make me come.”
“We can try that out later.  But right now I want you on my face.”

I liked Valentine and the shameless attitude she displayed from beginning to end.  She believes that women can be just as sexually active as men, but she doesn’t sleep with every man she dates.  She simply enjoys dating and is trying to find a good man to be with.  Although she did behave like a diva when she first arrived in Alaska, she’s really quite down-to-earth despite her wealth and snotty upbringing.  She’s generous and friendly, but don’t get on her bad side because she will fight back.

Logan is a nice and easy-going guy, one who enjoys the simple life that his little Alaskan town has to offer.  He’s well liked and respected by the locals and is certainly no slouch between the sheets, but what I liked most about him were his apologies.  Especially his first one, which was one half sincere apology and one half alpha demand.  It made one hot combination.

SEX IN THE STICKS is told in dual POVs and comes with a HFN ending for Logan and Valentine.  There is an epilogue where you get a small glimpse of their future, but I hope we’ll get to see a little more of them in the other books in this series.  Of course, that will depend on whether the other books take place in the same town, which I can’t tell from the blurb of the next book.  I will say that the conflict was easy to predict, but I loved how Logan and Valentine came back together because their reconciliation wasn’t rushed and it didn’t happen overnight.  Their forgiveness took time and made for a better ending, in my opinion.

If you’re looking for a light hearted read with some wilderness adventure thrown in, SEX IN THE STICKS is for you.

Sex in the Sticks (Love Hurts # 1)

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