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The Stocking Was Hung (The Holidays # 1)

By Tara Sivec

Synopsis

What happens when your life goes to crap the week of Christmas? You invite a hot Marine you met in an airport bar to come home with you for the holidays, to distract your crazy family from the truth.

With a handsy aunt, a meddling mother and a father concerned for the wellbeing of his daughter’s eggnog, there’s no chance Sam and Noel will have time to fall in love…or will they?

Review

I honestly can’t remember how I came across this book, but I’m glad I did because THE STOCKING WAS HUNG was pretty damn funny.

Mother of God, I’ve turned into a teenage chick, two seconds away from scribbling her name on my Science book.

I. LOVED. SAM. He is so kind, patient, generous and loyal.  He’s never had a family, so every time Noel’s family did something nice for him, he soaked it right up.  Though it was a little sad to see that the smallest of gestures made him so happy.  He may not have known what it was like to be part of a family, but he fit in with Noel’s perfectly.

I liked Noel, but I can’t say much about her because Sam stole the show in my opinion.  I loved her first meeting with Sam, and you could tell from the start that nothing in her life ever seems to go right.  Her family is definitely crazy, but they’re a very loving bunch.

While I liked this book so much that I quickly purchased the next book in the series, there were a couple of things that didn’t sit too well with me.  As funny as Aunt Bobbie is, she sexual assaults men and everyone considers it a part of her charm.  There’s also a bit of drug usage, which is talked about like it’s not a big deal.  I know this is supposed to be a funny and lighthearted read, and I only mention these two things because they might greatly bother some readers.

THE STOCKING WAS HUNG is told in dual POVs and comes with a HFN ending for Sam and Noel.  It’s a novella and an insta-love, with the story taking place over just a few days.  I’m normally not a big fan of insta-love romances, but this one was done really well and I really felt their connection.  Sam and Noel’s story continues on in CUPID HAS A HEART-ON.

The Stocking Was Hung (The Holidays # 1)

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Hooked On A Witch

By Zoe Forward

Synopsis

Pleiades witch Shannon Randolph has been framed for a theft she didn’t do. She has one week to return a stolen relic to the god it belongs or she will be executed. What’s worse? Evil magic-wielding wackos are coming out of the woodwork after her to get it. But the biggest danger is Merck. This sexy, dangerous witch-hunter who understands all forms of magic might be her only hope. Enlisting his help may require she be a very naughty witch.

The moment Shannon strolls back into Jason Merck’s life he’s in trouble. There’s something about the witch he can’t resist, but he must. The witch hunter cannot date the witch.

Review

Hooked on a Witch is about a Pleiades witch that has been given a death sentence.  Shannon is accused of stealing something that belongs to a powerful god. She has no idea why they think she has it but she must find it before the time runs out or all the Pleiades witches will be marked for death. Merck is a witch hunter that happens to have a thing for the this Pleiades witch.  He knows that she should let Shannon go but first he must help her find this relic and save her.

Both these characters have a lot of charm and their relationship has it ups and down like normal relationships do. It’s just that they are trying to save each from mystical creatures and gods.  Merck has an issue that he has not shared with Shannon that could change their relationship.  I like that he really cares for her and wants her to survive.

I liked this story but I found myself putting the book down.  I gave this story 3 1/2 hearts but honestly I think I will read this story again because it has all the elements that I love in a story.  It has action, humour, romance, heartbreak and a mystery.

Hooked on a Witch

My Rating: 1/2

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The Curse (The Butterfly Effect #2)

By Margaret McHeyzer

Synopsis

It’s been the butterfly effect.
I changed the course of my life because I warned a man.
I thought what I had was a gift, but it’s quickly turning into my curse.
Now I realize I’m much more than a girl with an ability.
Because now… I’m becoming a weapon.

Review

I am so glad that we did not have to wait long for book 2 in this series.  The Curse picks up right where The Gift left off.  I love the idea that someone can change the course of the future but there will be consequences.

Alexa is so strong after her life is torn apart. I really liked her as a character.  She is smart and loyal to the people around her. But the thing I liked most about her is that she never gives up.

I wanted to hate Jude in the beginning of The Gift but quickly came to love him in The Curse.  The only thing that wish was that we could have found out more about his past and the reason he is the way he is.

The Curse was fast paced and always had something going on.  It had some great twists in it, one I didn’t expect. I can’t go into any details without giving spoilers away but I will say that I really got into this series.

The Curse

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More Than A Risk

By Kennedy L. Mitchell

Synopsis

Is a life worth living if you don’t risk it all for the one you love?


Shot and left for dead, Dr. Kate Wheeler wakes in a familiar hospital, alive, and with the one person she hoped she would never see again. He is back, but why and how are questions she’s still too angry to seek answers to. After abandoning her when she needed him most, it will take a lot to win her heart again—which he is prepared to do but Kate has never been one to give in easily.

A surprise visit from a dear friend pulls the feisty doctor into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a local businessman full of dark secrets. It’s up to Kate to bring this man to justice knowing her father, the Dallas DA, won’t prosecute without evidence; evidence she is willing to do anything to obtain.
With the love of her life observing her every move Kate is forced to walk the fine line of deceit to keep him at arm’s length. When the charade takes a dangerous turn will Weston be enough to bring her back from the edge, or is it too late for them both?

Hearts and lives are at risk and Kate and Weston’s fiery relationship returns in this second book of the More Than a Threat series.

Review

More Than A Risk is book 2 of this series. I have not read More Than A Threat (Book 1).  To be honest I could easily follow this story. It does start at the cliffhanger moment from book 1 and we actually get some flashbacks.  These allowed me to easily pick up the story. The first few chapters just drew me in and kept me so entertained. I could not put this down even though I had a few questions that if I had read book one I probably would know.

You want to peel back the layers of Kate and Weston. Weston was an easy character to connect with but I admit I struggled at times with Kate.  I did not warm up to her fully until they visited Weston’s friends for the wedding. As Kate showed her emotions and opened her defences up I began to love her.  However, I became frustrated with her ability to put herself in danger to the detriment of Weston.

The sexual scenes between Weston and Kate were off the charts hot and heavy.  There are some incredible moments of intense emotion that grab your heart with both hands.

Weston’s friends and his brother I absolutely loved and they all gave more depth to the story especially towards the ending. I actually wanted to see more interaction with her father but again perhaps that happened more in More Than A Threat?

Chase had me at times scared to my core for Kate and the games she was playing.

This story gives you dark moments of suspense, mystery and trauma. It ties up nicely but does lead to another book.

More Than A Risk

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The Devil Has a British Accent

By ZN Willett

Synopsis

This is no simple Hollywood story of famous boy meets ordinary girl, who then fall in love and live happily ever after.

This is about the town of dreamers and make believers; skilled at casting spells of deception and deceit. And what happens when the spell is lifted, and everything that you believe in is merely an illusion?

When the world of happily ever after is altered and obscured, and not only by one enticing man?

For Lauren Moreau, her journey is full of raw emotions that will tempt you with curiosity and intrigue, and squeeze out passion and angst until your heart bleeds.

This is Hollywood, after all…

Review

The Devil Has a British Accent is a coming of age romance with a paranormal twist. A girl who has to protect her heart and the men who want her.

Lauren has just returned from Minnesota after graduating.  She doesn’t have any real plans for the future but has decided to help a family friend with her catering business while a film crew is in town.  I liked Lauren, she has gone through a lot with her family and is figuring out what comes next and that makes her relatable.  She is also trying to figure out her love life when a sexy actor enters her life.  There is something about him that she is drawn to.

Jackson Cruz is an actor that finds himself completely infatuated with this small town girl.   He has many secrets that could change her life forever.  I didn’t like Jackson for Lauren.  He wasn’t my favorite character.  I wondered why he cut himself off emotionally to her a lot of the time and I think because of that I didn’t connect with him as much as I wanted to.

Cary is another actor/musician that is famous but has been a family friend to Lauren’s family since they were children.  He is best friends with her brother Blake.  I really liked his character. I knew he was keeping secrets from Lauren but there is something about the way he cares for her and her brother that stuck out to me.

I found The Devil Has a British Accent to be a good coming of age paranormal romance.  The beginning was a little bit on the long side but the ending was fast-paced and Lauren’s world really changed forever.  This is a to be continued story so I can’t wait until the next installment.

The Devil Has a British Accent

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Wicked Favor (Wicked Horse Vegas # 1)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

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

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

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

Review

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

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

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

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

Wicked Favor (Wicked Horse Vegas # 1)

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Some Kind Of Hero (Troubleshooters # 19)

By Suzanne Brockmann

Synopsis

Navy men don’t come tougher than Lieutenant Peter Greene. Every day he whips hotshot SEAL wannabes into elite fighters. So why can’t he handle one fifteen-year-old girl? His ex’s death left him a single dad overnight, and very unprepared. Though he can’t relate to an angsty teen, he can at least keep Maddie safe—until the day she disappears. Though Pete’s lacking in fatherly intuition, his instinct for detecting danger is razor sharp. Maddie’s in trouble. Now he needs the Troubleshooters team at his back, along with an unconventional ally.

Romance writer Shayla Whitman never expected to be drawn into a real-world thriller—or to meet a hero who makes her pulse pound. Action on the page is one thing. Actually living it is another story. Shay’s not as bold as her heroines, but she’s a mother. She sees the panic in her new neighbor’s usually fearless blue eyes—and knows there’s no greater terror for a parent than having a child at risk. It’s an ordeal Shay won’t let Pete face alone. She’s no highly trained operative, but she’s smart, resourceful, and knows what makes teenagers tick.

Still, working alongside Pete has its own perils—like letting the heat between them rise out of control. Intimate emotions could mean dangerous, even deadly, consequences for their mission. No matter what, they must be on top of their game, and playing for keeps . . . or else Pete’s daughter may be gone for good.

Review

SOME KIND OF HERO is the first book I’ve read from Suzanne Brockmann.  It was an amazing blend of humour, suspense and romance, and you step right into the action at the very first page.

Shayla is a divorced romance writer and a mother of two teenaged boys.  She’s been ogling the hot Navy SEAL who moved in across the street for months now, so when he flags her down asking for her help, who is she to refuse.  Shayla is a very likeable character because she’s funny, kind and smart.  The only thing about her that irked me was Harry, the imaginary voice of her favourite character in her head.  I eventually accepted the fact that it was just one of her quirks and tried to ignore he was there.

Peter is the hot Navy SEAL Shayla’s been fantasising about for months.  He’s also a newly single father to a teenaged daughter he can’t seem to connect with, no matter how hard he tries.  Regardless of how Maddie feels about him, he loves her, which is proven by how far he’s willing to go to get her back safely.  I loved the emails he sent to Maddie while she was missing; they were so sweet and really allowed her to see that her father was not the bad guy she thought he was.

The story (with exception of the epilogue) takes place in just four days, so I would definitely call this an insta-love.  The epilogue was short and sweet, and the perfect way to end their story.  While this is part of a series, and couples/characters from previous books make their appearances here, it can be read as a stand-alone.  SOME KIND OF HERO is not only told in Peter and Shayla’s POVs, but also in several other characters POVs as well.  This did make it a little confusing, but it didn’t happen too often and it was good to sneak inside the minds of the other characters for certain scenes.

Some Kind Of Hero (Troubleshooters # 19)

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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.

Benn

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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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Lethal Lies (Blood Brothers #2)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

Revenge. It’s the only thing that will help Anya Best sleep at night. The serial killer who murdered her sister is on the loose, and Anya will stop at nothing to put him behind bars-even use herself as bait to lure him out of hiding. But she can’t do this alone.

Private investigator Heath Jones’s job is to bring bastards to justice. This time it’s personal. He knew the Copper Killer’s latest victim so when her sister asks for his help, he’s all in. But when Anya uses the media to taunt the killer, she exposes Heath’s identity, putting them both in jeopardy. Now, secrets buried long ago are coming to light and the forces determined to destroy him are watching Heath’s every move, waiting to exact their own revenge. And they’ll use anything and anyone to get to Heath.

Review

Lethal Lies is book 2 in the addictive Blood Brothers Series.  In Deadly Silence we learned that more than one experiment was performed by Dr. Isobel Madison (aka Sylvia Daniel).  Three boys were placed in a boy’s home and they quickly became family for each other.  Lethal Lies is Heath’s story and the revelations that he uncovers.

I love Heath.  Rebecca Zanetti wrote him exactly the way I imagined him to be.  He has a kind of vulnerability that instantly draws you in while he is protecting everyone around him.  He is loyal to his brothers and to those he respects. When he finds out that the agent he has a contact has been kidnapped by the Copper Killer he knows that he has to help her and her sister.

Anya is a bright and she says anything that comes to her mind.  She knows the one thing that will bring the Copper Killer out into the open. In her grief she puts together a plan to get him to expose himself but that involves Heath. She is willing to sacrifice herself if it came down to it. Anya brings out the best in Heath and she needs him to help in stopping the murders.

Lethal Lies is action packed from beginning to end.  We learn so much about Dr. Madison and what she was doing and how insane she really is.  There are so many revelations in this story. There is also a twist near the end that adds to the suspense.  The brothers work so well together and are always willing to sacrifice for each other.  This series is so addictive.  I can’t wait for Denver’s book.

Lethal Lies

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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