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Ideal Image (A SnapShot Novel #2)

By Freya Barker and KT Dove

Synopsis

In one blinding flash, the very fiber of her existence is shredded.
For criminal lawyer and single mother, Stacie Gustafson, a dependable career, a well-organized life, and an immaculate image, had always been her armor. Without it she’s left exposed and struggling to create a new existence for her and her daughter. No matter how hard she tries, she is unable to avoid her history.

All it takes is one look at the blue-eyed woman, for Nicolas Flynn to be transported back ten years. Sure, her appearance has changed, but then so has his, since he turned his life around. His devotion to his small-town law firm is tested with the arrival of this bittersweet blast from the past, making for a persistent distraction. One that drags along more trouble than she left behind.

Review

Ideal Image is book two in the Snapshot series.  It centers around Stacie, sister to Ben who we met in book one, and Nicholas.  In book one, Stacie was caught in an explosion that left part of her body scared.  This changes her life forever.  She finds herself having trouble going out into public. Nicholas had known Stacie from the past and he always had a crush on her but had a few confidence issues of his own to deal with.  But now they are back together and he is wondering if she can see him differently.

I really like Stacie.  Yes, she is having confidence issues but she manages those issues for the sake of her daughter.  She will do anything for her daughter.  Stacie still has one surgery to go and I love how Freya and KT put real emotion into what that means.  I also really love how they expressed the emotion that Stacie’s daughter was going through.

Stacie showing back up in Nicholas’s life shocked him.  He did not handle the reunion very well and both were left confused. I did instantly like Nicholas and as the book went on I fell for him. He turned into the rock that Stacie needed.

While Stacie and Nicholas were trying to figure out their relationship, there is trouble building. Stacie doesn’t know it but her past is coming back to find her.

I really love this series.  Nicholas and his dad are perfect additions.  There is so much emotion in this book from Stacie dealing with her scars to Nicholas getting past his confidence issues.  I also love the part with Ben and him realizing that he now has to pass on the protecting duties to Nicholas.  (Which wasn’t easy)  There are some more heart wrenching moments but I don’t want to give away too much.  This book has a great blend of emotion and humour.

Ideal Image

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Mating Needs (An A.L.F.A. Novel #2)

By Milly Taiden

Synopsis

A cougar shifter meets his mate and match in this latest sexy paranormal adventure in the A.L.F.A. series as another Alpha League Federal Agent finds love and passion in the midst of danger by the New York Times bestselling author of Elemental Mating.

Review

Mating Needs is about a woman who had to make a tough decision to save the lives of the people she loves.  And she is still making sacrifices in order to do the right thing.

Amie is a witness to bank robbery gone wrong by members of her mafia family.  She must make the decision to go against her family and do what is right or say nothing.  She decides to do what is right but that means that she will need protection.  Frank, an old boyfriend that Amie left a text to say goodbye to, is now her protector.  Both of them  still have feelings for each other as long as they can survive her family.

I thought this book was so much fun. Amie has a great heart and really makes the town that Frank takes her to open up. She has so much to give the world and she doesn’t hold back once she is let loose.  Frank has a lot to figure out.  He still loves Amie but he doesn’t know why she left him.

The town is full of characters that really complete this book.  I love Frank’s mom, she loves her son and the person she believes is his mate. I also fell for all the other shop owns and the meat guy.  They all added so much to this story.

I also love the way the Milly Taiden added an extra problem for Frank by making him try to keep the fact that this town is made up of shifters a secret.  Amie has no idea that shifters even exist and that just adds to the fun.

Mating Needs

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Koivu (Demon After Dark #3)

By Laurie Olerich

Synopsis

Former Hell’s Fury champion, Koivu, is desperate to return to Hell to reclaim his title and stolen life. As an extreme athlete, he had fame, glory, and more pleasure than he probably deserved. He was a freakin’ rock star! Being exiled in a broken human body is his worst nightmare. Stripped of his powers and unable to fight, he’s consumed by frustration, counting the seconds until he can go home. His future looks bleak until he meets a sexy, soft-hearted physical therapist who heals much more than his shoulder.

Physical therapist Micki Glass knows something about damaged people. She’s been struggling to get over her ex for three long years when this crazy man crashes into her life. He’s crude and intense but irresistibly charming. With his feral eyes and sexy smile, Koivu takes her on a sensual joyride that makes her feel like a woman again. As their affair heats up, she craves him like oxygen until she discovers what he really is. With more than her heart on the line, can she accept his past and love him for who he is now?

The day of reckoning is looming closer and the sacrifices have begun. Can Koivu stop the murders, find the rest of the Trinity, and convince the woman he loves to give him another chance before it’s too late?

Review

I am so addicted to this series.  Koivu is a ex-demon that wants to find his way back to Hell.  He had a good life there and wants it back.  He is now stuck in this body that is not indestructible and a physical therapist to help him fix it.  Koivu is unapologetic about his desires.  He likes women and sex.

Micki has the lucky job of fixing Koivu’s shoulder, even if it doesn’t always feel like it.  She has her own issues that she is trying to come to terms with. Lucky for her she might just have an ex-demon with ex-demon friends on her side.

I fell for Koivu even if he is a womanizing jerk.  His need to get back to Hell made him blind to the person that was right in front of him. He has intense loyalty to his team and to Lucifer. I really like the fact that he brings the human element to these guys.  We got to see the despair that all of us would feel if we were torn from our homes with no hope of ever seeing the people that we love again.

Micki really was the perfect match for him. Micki is really as damaged as he is. She is feisty though and that makes Koivu want her even more.

I also love this series because it takes a different look at good and evil, Heaven and Hell,  Angels and Demons.  There are other stories that are building in this book which I think will all merge together. The most interesting being the relationship between Raphael and Lucifer.  It is really interesting to see how Raphael helps Lucifer. And it is also a treat to see the Primani team and how they interact with the Demons. I can’t wait for the next installment!!!

Koivu

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Misadventures of a Good Wife (Misadventures #2)

By Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt

Synopsis

Kate and Price Lewis had the perfect marriage—love, fulfilling careers, and a great apartment in the city. But when Price’s work takes him overseas and his plane goes down, their happily-ever-after goes down with it.

A year later, Kate is still trying to cope. She’s tied to her grief as tightly as she was bound to Price. When her sister-in-law coaxes her into an extended girls’ trip—three weeks on a remote island in the South Pacific—Kate agrees. At a villa as secluded as the island, they’re the only people in sight, until Kate sees a ghost walking toward them on the beach. Price is alive.

Their reunion is anything but picture perfect. Kate has been loyal to the husband she thought was dead, but she needs answers. What she gets instead is a cryptic proposal—go back home in three weeks, or disappear with Price…forever.

Emotions run high, passions burn bright, and Kate faces an impossible choice. Can Price win back his wife? Or will his secrets tear them apart?

Review

I was completely unprepared for Misadventures of a Good Wife.  This book is so good.  Unlike other books that I have read, I did not read the synopsis and that actually made for a better mystery for me.

I instantly adored Kate.  She is written just the way I imagined I would be if I lost someone tragically.  But she a lot of inner strength and the need to not lose anymore than she has already lost.

Price would do anything to keep his family safe. This includes disappearing from everyone’s life forever.

When I first started reading this story I was not prepared to lose Price and I my first thought was that Meredith Wild and Helen Hardt were evil but in a good way. This story had so much emotion in it and a good mystery to solve.  I really liked Kate and her unwavering belief that they can survive and have the life that they deserve together.

Misadventures of a Good Wife

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Forsaken by Night (Moonbound Clan Vampires #3)

By Larissa Ione

Synopsis

After accidentally shifting into a wolf—and getting stuck—Tehya, herself a vampire, has spent the last twelve years as the pet of Lobo, another vampire who has the unique gift of communicating with wolves.

When Lobo found Tehya starving and nearly frozen to death, he took her in and nursed her back to health, all the while completely unaware that she was really a fellow vampire. But there was always something special about her, and he finds out exactly how special after she’s injured and returned to her true form. Desire collides with danger as he soon finds that he must protect not only Tehya but also himself..

Review

Forsaken By Night was a great continuation of the Moonbound Clan Vampires Series. It is taken from a different perspective. Lobo was cast out of the Moonbound Clan and if he ever returns he will be executed. His only companion is wolf that he named Tehya.  He has a way of communicating with her but he doesn’t realize that she is a vampire.

Tehya is stuck in wolf form since she accidentally shifted twelve years ago. She is new to being a vampire and has much to learn.   When she is shot by a poacher Lobo will do anything to save her including risking his own life by going back to the one place he’s not allowed to go.

I love the Moonbound Clan.  Hunter is leader that the clan needs. And he knows that things might not have taken place exactly how he thought they did.

This story was more novella in length but had so much in it.  I loved Lobo because he had no reason to be loyal to Moonbound but he found a way to get through the past to help Tehya. Tehya believed in Lobo and the strength of their relationship helped Hunter see things for what they really are.

I really love this series and can’t wait for it to be continued.

Forsaken By Night

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Fatal Identity (Fatal Series # 10)

By Marie Force

Synopsis

Every family has its secrets… 

As the first anniversary of her marriage to Vice President Nick Cappuano approaches, Lieutenant Sam Holland is dreaming of Bora Bora—sun, sand and a desperately needed break from the DC grind. But real life has a way of intervening, and Sam soon finds herself taking on one of the most perplexing cases of her career.  

Government worker Josh Hamilton begs Sam to investigate his shocking claim that his parents stole him from another family thirty years ago. More complicated still, his “father” is none other than the FBI director. When a member of Josh’s family is brutally murdered, Sam begins to question how deep this cover-up goes. Is it possible the revered director was part of a baby-napping ring and that others involved are also targets? 

With a killer intent on deadly revenge and her team still reeling from a devastating loss, Sam’s plate is full—and when Nick and their son, Scotty, take ill, is her dream of a tropical anniversary celebration in peril too?

Review

FATAL IDENTITY is another great addition to the Fatal series.

When I started writing this review, I was shocked to realise that it had been two years since I’d read my last Fatal book, FATAL FRENZY.  It was good to reconnect not just with Sam and Nick, but with all the other characters from this series.  I like that with the initial reappearance of each character, we get a quick rundown of their history from the previous books.  That little refresher comes in handy because after four years and eleven books, it’s difficult trying to remember everything that’s happened to everyone.  That being said, I am getting sick of hearing about the Sam/Avery connection and the Sam/Archie fling.  Ms Force, if you’re not going to make something of these two things, please stop bringing them up.

I’ve read all the books in this series up to and including this one, and as with all the previous Fatal books, FATAL IDENTITY was an enjoyable read and one that was hard to put down.  The case Sam works on was certainly interesting, although when the truth came out at the end, it was a little far-fetched.  That’s not going to stop me from reading the next book though.

FATAL IDENTITY is told in the POV of multiple characters, but it is mostly told in Sam’s.  It can technically be read as a stand-alone, but I think understanding the characters and their relationships would be easier if you’ve read the entire series.

Fatal Identity (Fatal Series # 10)

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Fatal Series

Storm Gathering (The Scorpius Syndrome #4)

By Rebecca Zanetti

Synopsis

Even before surviving the Scorpius bacterium, Greyson Storm was a lone wolf navigating minefields. As a kid, he learned to take a hit and find safety. As an adult, he joined the military and quickly learned how to protect and defend. When the world ended, he created a mercenary camp with military precision, no entanglements, and a promise to avenge a fallen friend. As part of that vow, he kidnapped Maureen Shadow, but now that he has let her go, her blue eyes and intriguing mind keep haunting him…

As possibly the only Biotechnology Engineer still living, Maureen Shadow might be humanity’s one hope to survive the aftermath of Scorpius, making her frighteningly valuable to both allies and enemies. Even after sexual tension explodes between her and Greyson, she’s not sure which camp he belongs to—friend or foe? Worse yet, survival may mean thwarting his prime mission, putting her in even more peril. When danger and seduction collide, there is no safety in this new world.

Review

Storm Gathering is the forth installment of the Scorpius Syndrome Series. It is taken from a different perspective this time.  While the other books in this series primarily center around Vanguard, this book is more centered around Greyson and the Mercs. Or course Vanguard plays a role because Maureen (aka Moe) is sister to Raze Shadow who is a lieutenant with Vanguard.

Greyson is an interesting man.  He is intelligent and deadly. Once he decides that something’s his, he will stop at nothing to get it.  Including the woman that he kidnapped.

Maureen equally as passionate as Greyson is torn between him and her loyalty to Vanguard.  She knows that she has a job to do in order to make sure that there is enough food to sustain the growing population of Vanguard and perhaps the Mercs.  She knows where her heart wants to be but her mind keeps her in check.  Maureen wants everyone to be safe.

The different camps have really taken on a life of their own now.  They are starting from scratch and are finding out how to survive in this new world.  I love Jax, he is still the same along with the rest of Vanguard.  I liked getting to know the Mercs and what they stand for.  It seems that they might not be so different than Vanguard.

Like the other stories in this series, there is so much happening.  From beginning to end, this story is full of action. I love the way the Rebecca Zanetti has woven the relationships with action, drama and humour.  She can really do no wrong.

Storm Gathering

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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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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Nate

By Celia Aaron

Synopsis

I rescued Sabrina from a mafia bloodbath when she was thirteen. Doing right by her became a priority for me, even while I was busy as the new head of the Philly syndicate. I sent her to the best boarding schools and kept her as far away from the life as possible. It worked perfectly. Until she turned 18. Until she came home. Until I realized that the timid girl was gone and in her place lived a smart mouth, a wicked imagination, and a body that demanded my attention. Who am I? I’m F*cked. Nice to meet you.

Review

Nate is dark and dangerous and holds a soft spot for Sabrina whom he rescued as a child.  The age difference did not bother me in the slightest.   Sabrina is actually very mature and hardened from all the drama and violence in her life.  Nate has provided a safe haven for her and cocooned and educated her.

There is plenty of suspenseful moments that have your heart racing.  The connection between Nate and Sabrina kept me engaged and panting.  Their passion was off the charts and one of their scenes provided my favorite quote:

Wrapped in his arms, and joined in the most primal of ways, I was home.

I definitely loved the second half of the story more, there were fantastic mystery and action sections on the mob storyline with Russians and Irish. I had a hunch about who was double crossing Nate.

David and Peter were two supporting characters whom I found entertaining and helped guide the suspense.  These two bad alpha men would provide a great romance story!

Nate is an easy to read Mob Suspense Romance story that will keep you turning those pages and trying to keep up with all the twists and turns.

Nate

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Captivated by Crimson

By Brynn Myers

Synopsis

She is the fated one I have been waiting for…
The crimson in her veins will restore me…

* * *

My desire for her burns like no other…
I must possess her…
Dare to touch her and you will be the one to suffer…

* * *

Nola Blair is a free-spirited photographer sent to cover the party of the century in Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It was an assignment she’d declined––twice, but when she was offered a hefty sum to indulge the wealthy eccentric, she finally gave in. Little did she know that the guests at this party were centuries old and their desires reached far beyond those of a normal partygoer.

One captivating night will change her life and the two vampires vying for her will fight to the death to get what they want. One wants her to be his and the other wants her blood.

Who will decide Nola’s fate?

Review

Captivated by Crimson is about a girl being in the wrong place at the wrong time and then thrown into a world that she never knew existed.

This book for me had a solid base and a different take on vampires but it lacked in character development.  I liked Nola and Andrik for the lead characters but there where so many characters that had their own story lines that their relationship that was being built got lost.  And characters were continuing to be added late in the story and they  also had their own story lines. With the different story lines that were going on, I didn’t feel the passion between Nola and Andrik.

Erzsebet and Paul were great evil vampires bent on destroying and getting revenge. They were easy to hate.

Nola’s sister, Quinn, and best friend, Arianna made the story fun and brought lighter moments.

Overall Captivated by Crimson had action and mystery.  It was well paced until the last 10% of the book. Then it lost energy.  The major part of the story ended around 90%.

Captivated by Crimson

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