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Finding Kyle

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

When you’ve lived your life as a criminal…
When you’ve done unspeakably evil things …
When your soul has become dark and stained…

The path to redemption begins where you least expect it.

Kyle Sommerville is in hiding and doesn’t want to be found by anyone. Certainly not by his quirky, free-spirited neighbor who’s managed to push her way past the walls he’s built around him. But Jane Cresson’s indomitable will and insatiable curiosity about her reclusive neighbor makes it impossible for Kyle to stay immersed in his dark world.

Little by little, she claws through his shell.
Day by day, she gets him to smile a little more.
Night by night, they both find pleasure they never knew existed.

When Kyle’s secretive past is exposed, Jane begins to think she’s in over her head. Can her love for this broken man finally clear his path to redemption, or will Kyle’s darkness finally extinguish every bit of hope she’s put into him?

Review

If you’ve read The Last Call and The Wicked Horse series, you will have met Kyle before, albeit fairly briefly.  We learnt in WICKED BOND that Kyle was an ATF agent killed while working undercover to bring down a notorious biker gang, the Mayhem’s Mission.  Even though we only saw him in a few scenes, I was saddened to hear he had been killed.  So of course I was very happy to find out his death was just a cover to protect his identity.  Kyle is now hiding out in a small fishing town called Misty Harbor until he’s called up to testify against the club and a Senator connected to it.  He knows there’s a bounty on his head, but he figures he can handle himself and refuses to go into witness protection.  What he can’t handle is sweet little Jane from across the road who is determined to win him over with her sunny personality and horrible baked goods.

I had to do terrible things to people that, without the immunity the government has provided me, would land me in jail for the rest of my life.  I have so much blood on my hands that it won’t ever come off.

I liked Kyle and my heart broke for him several times, however I was expecting him and his story to be a lot darker than it was.  He doesn’t believe he deserves anything good in his life because of all the evil things he had to do to keep his cover intact, even though he did them for the greater good.  He believes Jane is too pure and innocent for the likes of him, so he tries to keep her away by being rude, but her persistence eventually wins him over and he opens up to her.  Well, as much as he can while keeping his real identity safe.

I’m surprised when an arm wraps around my waist and I’m lifted off my feet, which dangle just above the rocky dirt road as Kyle carries me across.
How gallant.
How very sweet.
He practically dumps me to the grass when we reach the other side.
How barbaric.

I can’t say a lot about Jane because this story was so focused on Kyle.  I can tell you that she’s a very cheery young woman who wants to see the good in everyone and everything.  I liked that she was a little pushy with Kyle and did not give up easily, because he needed to be pushed and pushed hard before he would budge.  For the most part I liked her, but I found her movie quotes to be a little annoying and I think her reaction to learning the truth about Kyle was irrational.  I’m so glad her best friend, Miranda, put her in her place about that.

“Hello, Jane.”
“What are you doing here?”
“I came to see if I could make things right with you.”

FINDING KYLE is told in dual POVs and is a stand-alone that comes with a lovely HEA.  Kyle has made appearances in SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED and WICKED BOND, but you don’t HAVE to read those to enjoy this story.  That being said, I would suggest you read WICKED BOND first because he does have a couple of important scenes in there, plus it’s an amazing read.

Finding Kyle

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Wolf Unleashed (SWAT #5)

By Paige Tyler

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Synopsis

SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM
Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head―right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she’s even more terrified… Now it’s up to Alex to crack the case―and earn back Lacey’s trust and, ultimately, her heart.

Review

Wolf Unleashed is another exciting novel that has great heart by Paige Tyler.  It starts with a bang and just keeps going.  I love that she stays true to the idea of “The One”.

Alex is a completely lovable character.  He does have flaws but that makes you love him even more.  He has found a home with SWAT after a traumatic event that turned him into a werewolf.

Lacey, Alex’s chosen one, is not ready to jump feet first into a relationship.  She doesn’t understand why people risk their hearts.  She also loves animals and is working hard to take down a dogfighting ring.  Lacey has a really close relationship with her sister but her sister is growing into a young woman who is going to test her boundaries.

Wolf Unleashed is another great addition to this series.  The characters work so well together. The humour was easily found with the banter between the other SWAT members and Alex. Especially with Remy.  Lacey’s sister also providers some humorous and emotional moments.  I also found that Alex was a really sincere character.  He would not force Lacey into anything she was not ready for even if it meant that his “one” would turn him down.

This story has some twists and turns in it.  Lacey’s passion for animals led her into some difficult situations that had Alex jumping to save her.  I really love the way Paige Tyler added her passion for animals into this book and look forward to the next addition to this series.

Wolf Unleashed

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Hard Compromise (Compromise Me # 2)

By Samanthe Beck

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Synopsis

Laurie Peterson assumes her impulsive one-night stand with sinfully sexy Sheriff Ethan Booker is the biggest surprise of the year…until her bakery burns down while she’s basking in the afterglow. It looks like her dreams are up in smoke, but then Ethan proposes a deal too tempting to resist.

Ethan has no intention of settling for a one-night stand with Laurie. Nor does he want anything to do with the women his wealthy family wants him to meet. Not when he’s waited ten years for his chance to make his move. His deal might have strings—and Laurie may not know the stakes—but nothing will stop this sexy cop from staking a real claim on her body and her heart.

Review

HARD COMPROMISE is a romance story that was ten years in the making.

Laurie is a woman who was born on the wrong side of the tracks and is desperate to make a name for herself away from her mother’s reputation.  Despite being nothing like her mother, she believes that’s how everyone sees her, so she keeps everyone at arm’s length and only has one good friend.  Her mother is a horrible woman, threatening what little Laurie holds dear, and I was glad when Laurie finally put a stop to it.

Booker (Ethan) was born into a wealthy family, but he never once acted like a snob or thought he was better than anyone, and I loved that about him.  He’s naturally protective and fills his sheriff role perfectly.  Other than finally convincing Laurie that he is someone she can turn to and lean on, I can’t really say much about him because most of the story focuses on Laurie.  Ethan’s mother was a real surprise and despite her small role, I liked her a lot.

HARD COMPROMISE is a story that I liked, but didn’t love.  The sex between Booker and Laurie?  Hot.  The scene where Laurie opens the door dressed in nothing but a robe and a pair of handcuffs?  Totally awkward and completely hilarious.  Booker and Laurie constantly fighting for dominance in the relationship?  A turn off.  I wouldn’t exactly call this a friends-to-lovers romance, but more of an acquaintances-to-lovers romance.  HARD COMPROMISE is told in dual POVs, comes with a HEA and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.

Hard Compromise (Compromise Me # 2)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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Law Man (Dream Man #3)

By Kristen Ashley

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Synopsis

Love is just around the corner . . .

Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She’s a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there’s no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can’t fix, it’s Mitch who comes to her rescue.

Mitch has been eyeing his beautiful neighbor for a long time. He jumps at the chance to help her, and soon their formerly platonic relationship gets very hot and heavy. But when Mara gets a disturbing phone call from her cousin’s kids, she gets pulled back into the life she’s tried so hard to leave behind. Can the hot law man convince Mara to let go of her past-and build a future with him?

Review

Favourite moment – Billy tapping his heart and then pointing at Detective Mitch Lawson – tingles and tears.

Law Man is book 3 of the Dream Man Series, although not linked to each other I recommend you start at Mystery Man (#1), you will not be disappointed as characters appear in Wild Man (#2) and then Law Man (#3).

We first met Mitch in Mystery Man and yes I felt so sorry for him when Gwen picked Hawk but knew it was the right decision and then was definitely proven with Mara. Law Man makes me understand that Gwen was never the woman for Detective Mitch Lawson – Mara to me was the perfect woman – Mitch is a Law Man – to protect and my god the way he does it makes me melt, swoon and simply tear up.

Mara became my hero making her BBQ chicken pizza and walking across that breezeway, considering she is so shy she took my breath away. I loved her inner rating system and it made sense when you consider how she was brought up. Mara’s sever determination to give herself a better life and her strength of character when it comes to her two little cousins – pure perfection.

An outstanding moment for me also was Billy’s breakdown and how Mitch makes him realise he can take a breath and live a Dream life as a kid – pure magic.

We are given two beautiful children in Billy and Billie and their love for their Aunty Mara and topping it all off with Billie with her Teflon coating just makes your heart melt as well as Billy’s ultimate devotion to protecting his little sister.

We get operation “Take out the Trash” which was perfect along with “My Mitch” and “Break” – I loved Detective Mitch in Mystery Man and his story is my favourite so far of the three Dream Man series books.

Lovely ending to this story, we see how Mitch, Mara, Billy and Billie all end up – HEA guaranteed

Quote: “If I’m your Mitch, you’re my Mara”

Law Man (Dream Man #3)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Wild Man (Dream Man #2)

By Kristen Ashley

 

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Synopsis

She’s about to walk on the wild side . . .

While filling the display case in her bakery, the bell over the door sounds and Tessa O’Hara looks up to see the man of her dreams. Within thirty seconds he asks her out for a beer. But after four months of dating, she discovers he’s an undercover DEA agent-and he’s investigating her possible role in her ex-husband’s drug business. For Tess, this means their relationship is over.

Brock disagrees. He’s committed to his anti-drug mission, but he’s fallen in love with the beautiful woman who’s as sweet as her cupcakes-and he’ll do anything to win her back. Standing between Tess and Brock are their own exes, one of them a drug lord who’s determined to get what he wants. Now as danger threatens, can Brock break the rules he’s lived by and let loose his wild side to protect the woman he loves?

Review

Wild Man Brock we first meet in Mystery Man (Dream Man #1) as the undercover DEA who protects Gwen when she is kidnapped. I really liked Brock’s character in Book 1 so I was really happy to read his story.

Tessa is the soft and fluffy just like her sweet creations  to Brock’s wild and rough personality and they so fit each other.  I enjoyed the banter between them, the difficulties they faced from not only Brock and his family but Tessa’s past and I must say she had some serious heartbreak.

Brock’s two boys were my favourite characters as was my hero for them being their step dad Dade – what an amazing man he was in the end.

I did not like her friend Martha at all, even when she thawed to Brock but loved how we get to see the other girls particularly Gwen and Elvira.

This series is just getting better with so many characters from book 1 returning to book 2 and I see the hot detective Mitch is in Book 3 so bring it on – love these Alpha men.

This story flowed well, loved the family element this had considering Tessa’s dream to have children and the time jumping through their relationship was perfect.

Wild Man (Dream Man #2)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Mystery Man (Dream Man #1)

By Kristen Ashley

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Synopsis


Night time is the right time…

Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He’s hot, he’s sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it’s a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he’s the one, she just can’t turn him away…

Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She’s gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone. Yet when Gwen is drawn into Denver’s lethal underground scene, Hawk’s protective nature comes out full force. The problem is, when Gwen gets a dose of Hawk’s Alpha attitude in the daylight, she’s not so sure he’s the one anymore…. 

Review

Hawk is one big great Mystery and definitely all alpha man – I loved him.

Gwen has the ability to be stark raving mad one minute, ditzy and girly then next breathe and  all soft and sensual.  So many times my heart broke for her as she fought to break down the walls of not only her heart but of Hawks.  Loved her rambling on about friends and family sometimes to complete strangers and big ass bikers – made me laugh so many times.

Now onto the other Mystery Men – Tack and Mitch – how can one book give us three men we would all want to be warming our sheets.  I really enjoyed the banter between Hawk, Mitch and Tack as it created some really intense but also some really funny moments.

Gwen’s family and friends also provide some great moments along with the drama story involving her sister.

Mystery Man  simply does not stop from the moment Gwen goes storming into a biker shop to find her sister who has sent trouble to her front door – her verbal diarrhoea of moments of pure frustration is really funny.

I also loved Elvira and her “boards” – that chick rocked and her knowledge of all things Hawk!

If you have read Rock Chicks you will be pleased to see that the Nightingale agency makes a cameo towards the second half of the story.

The next story in this series is Dream Man which is Brock’s story, now he helped protect Gwen in a certain situation in Mystery Man so he definitely deserves some sweet love.

We also get a snapshot of Hawk and Gwen into the future – HEA guaranteed by Kristen Ashley.

 

Mystery Man (Dream Man #1)

My Rating: 5 Hearts

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Hope Flames (Hope # 1)

By Jaci Burton

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Synopsis

When it comes to love, they already know the rules…by heart.
 
Thirty-two and finally setting up her veterinary practice in the town she once called home, Emma Burnett is on her own and loving it. Independent and driven, she’s not letting any man get in the way of her dreams. Not again.
 
That’s fine with Luke McCormack. Divorced and hardly lacking in female company when he needs it, he’s devoted to the only faithful companion in his life—his police dog. Still, there’s something about Emma he can’t shake.
 
When a series of local break-ins leaves Emma vulnerable, she seeks help from the first man to spark her desire in years. And now they’re giving each other something they thought they’d lost forever…hope.

Review

Both Emma and Luke haven’t had successful relationships, so neither of them is looking for a partner when they meet for the first time.  It’s not long until Luke is suggesting a friends-with-benefits arrangement.  Their dogs get on really well together, so why can’t they?

I found it extremely difficult to like Emma, who seems to spend most of the book thinking about Vaughn⎯her dangerous ex-boyfriend⎯and then comparing him to Luke, trying to find reasons to keep him at arms length.  She thinks about Vaughn several times just in the first 25% of the story, before we finally hear exactly what he did to her at the 54% mark.  Given that Vaughn was mentioned so many times, I predicted that he would make an appearance at some point, even though it wouldn’t fit with the story.  When Luke comes in to save the day, Emma gets upset because she wanted to save herself…so she dumps him.  Apart from her love of animals, I can’t think of anything else I liked about her.  To be honest, I can’t say a lot about Luke because I didn’t find him memorable.  Unfortunately, my dislike of Emma overshadowed his character.

HOPE FLAMES is told in dual POVs, but sometimes the POV would change in the middle of a chapter without any notice, so I’d suddenly find myself confused before I realised the POV had changed.  There is no epilogue, and the HEA comes in the form of a two-page conflict resolution, which was a let down.  When I started reading HOPE FLAMES, I was really into it, but at some point the story slowed down and really started to drag.  For a book that stated out so well, I was left so disappointed by the end that I don’t think I’ll continue on with the series.

Hope Flames (Hope # 1)

My Rating:  2 Hearts

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Another Chance

By Kathy Clark

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Synopsis

Homeland Security agent Luke Archer returns home to Texas on a dangerous mission—a hands-on fight against a terrorist organization that has infiltrated the United States—yet it’s a chance encounter with his high-school sweetheart that really gets his blood pumping. Luke considers himself a lone wolf who doesn’t need a woman in his life. But as memories of their sweet, innocent affair stir him body and soul, Luke starts to wonder whether he should give love another chance.

A high-powered attorney, Bella Shaw has never forgotton how Luke left her behind in Austin to chase his dreams. But when she’s being totally honest with herself, Bella can’t deny that Luke is the one man she ever truly wanted. Though he tells her that the terrorists are using her land, she’s more worried about defending her heart from the advances of the sinfully sexy lawman. Still, Bella is willing to trust him again—if Agent Archer proves he’s worthy.

Review

Sometimes you can go home again as proven in Another Chance by Kathy Clark.  Some young loves are forgotten but not in the case of Luke and Bella.  They were supposed to have a lifetime together but sometimes people get in the way of those plans.

Luke is a Homeland Security agent that makes his way home to break up a terrorist organization.  This hits home for him because the terrorists are going across his high school sweetheart’s family ranch.  He is forced to come face to face with the only woman he ever really loved.

Bella has made a name for herself. She has reached the potential that her father wanted her to reach. She is a lawyer and a senator.  But after seeing Luke again she longs for something else now.  The only thing she wants to be careful of is her heart breaking again.

Another Chance was a good contemporary romance.  The romance between Luke and Bella was hot, steamy and sweet. They definitely had great chemistry.  Their love story did have a twist in it that I didn’t expect and that made this story fun for me.

I really enjoyed Luke’s family.  His grandmother was everything you expected her to be, but her story had a little twist in it as well.  His brothers, Nick and Justin, added the humour that makes them fun to read about.  Bella’s father took a little more getting used to in order to like him.   He has his ways and he loves his daughter.

Another Chance is about two people that were always meant to be together but had lost their way.

Another Chance

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Savior (First to Fight #4)

By Nicole Blanchard

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Synopsis

II thought I put my past behind me.

I lost everything when I testified against my fiancé for the murders of five women. After the jury delivered a life sentence, I ran. I hoped if I could disappear, maybe the horror he caused would, too.

When I return to Florida for the first time after his conviction, I’m determined to face my fears and get my life back. Then, a woman is murdered and I’m the only one who believes her death features the same signature as those I’m trying so hard to forget.

Instinct tells me to run again, but local cop Logan Blackwell has never let a suspect–or a woman–get away. He’s made it his own personal mission to solve the case and he needs my help to do it.

I have no choice once we learn I’m the next target, but I’m not interested in getting close to another man, especially not a sexy former Marine who has secrets of his own.

This is a FULL-LENGTH, STANDALONE, with NO CLIFFHANGER.

Review

Savior is book 4 of the First to Fight series and I really thought I would have loved it more – sadly no – I am left unsatisfied upon finishing.

My favourite two books of the series remain as Warrior and Survivor.

I am sorry but twenty chapters of mystery and it is all over in two pages that end chapter twenty and then we are given a Epilogue kind of left me flat with too many questions in my head for a STANDALONE.

What I loved – the connection between Logan and Sienna was just immediate and I felt it to my bones.  Logan was perfect for Sienna and the Epilogue simply ended beautifully for the characters, thank you for giving Sienna the gift you did, it was like a full circle.  I did find it a bit weird that Logan next caught onto the “secret” considering how alpha and protective he was.

Grandma Rose and Aunt Diane were two characters I loved from the start and their world of B&B made a safe haven for Sienna.  To watch these two women circle Sienna and give her a safe place was a beautiful thing to read and their humour gave light to sometimes dark moments.  Their banter with Logan being the overprotective Aunt and Grandma was fantastic, love seeing a grown alpha man brought to hell by two overprotective loving women.

What left me unsatisfied was the pace which towards the end was too fast in order to wrap up the whole drama and suspense, especially the motel scene.  I mean it was like “wham bam thank you ma’am” and it was all over.  We got no further information.

I have so many questions about  Joseph and Gavin.  Did the killer think Paige was Piper?  Why did he kill off her friends? Was he trying to get rid of them all so she would need him?  I wanted to know more about that fateful night at the nightclub, I was dying to know his side of the story?    After finishing this book I actually went back to the when she was at college and checked some paragraphs in case I missed something as the whole ex Fiancee Gavin was not sitting right with me.

Saviour (First to Fight #4)

My Rating: 3 Hearts

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High-Sided (Armed & Dangerous # 3)

By L.P. Dover

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Synopsis

Wild, reckless, and fast. 

That’s how I raced until a fatal accident on the track ruined my riding career. I had no choice but to leave that life behind; at least, until now. My name is Logan Chandler, one of the best FBI agents in the country. When an old friend calls for help and winds up dead, I take matters into my own hands. In order to do that, I have to go back to my past, back to the racetrack and to the one girl I never thought I’d see again . . . Kassidy Bennett. 

She’s the key to solving it all, but bringing her in could put her in grave danger. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize she was already there. To save her, I have to put everything on the line. It’s a race against time, a race to the death, and only one will make it to the end. 

Review

HIGH-SIDED is a second-chance romance between Logan and Kassidy.  Logan ended their relationship for Kassidy’s own good after he was involved in a terrible accident that took him a year to recover from.  Flash forward eight years, and an old teammate and friend calls him for help because someone is sabotaging the team and they need to figure out who it is.  Logan initially refuses, but when his friend ends up dead, he takes the case on, even though it means having to face Kassidy again.

I loved the first two books in the Armed & Dangerous series, but I have to say that this one fell flat for me.  In regards to the mystery surrounding the team, I thought there were too many holes in the case, most of which involved the villain’s actions.  In regards to the characters, Logan and Kassidy are very likeable, but I didn’t feel a connection with them or between them.  Logan’s attempt to not drag Kassidy down with him all those years ago was noble and sweet, but I felt she forgave him too quickly.  I don’t think anyone can get over eight years of heartbreak after a five minute conversation.  I felt the behaviour of some of the characters to be a little odd, such as the switch in affection from one person to another overnight, and the lack of grieving after the funeral.  It’s hard to get emotionally invested in the characters when their own emotions seem so weak and fickle.

HIGH-SIDED is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  The story itself is very fast paced and is ultimately a fairly quick read.  While this one didn’t win me over, having read and loved the previous two books, I would continue on with this series.

High-Sided (Armed & Dangerous # 3)

My Rating:  3 Hearts

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