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Revenge (A Lawless Novel #3)

By Lexi Blake

Synopsis

When Drew Lawless discovers a fatal flaw in his plan to avenge his parents’ deaths, he turns to the one woman he promised he wouldn’t touch. He offers her a deal, one that will bring her into his investigation, his life, and his bed.

Investigative reporter Shelby Gates never dreamed how twisted the case would become—or how fascinated she would be with Drew. Every day they spend together binds them. And every night brings her closer to realizing he might be the man for her.

As Drew’s feelings for Shelby grow, so does the danger. From the streets of Dallas to Austin’s high-tech business world, Drew and Shelby play a game begun twenty years before—a game they will win, or die trying.

Excerpt

“I suppose we’re going to be seeing Carly and Bran while we’re in Dallas next week.”

She had one week to get comfortable around Drew. One week to figure out if she could actually sell this cover to his family.

“It would seem odd if I didn’t pay them a visit. Bran knows I have a meeting with Taggart scheduled. We’ll be in Dallas for two days. Dinner with Bran and Carly and Mia and Case has already been planned.”

“Exactly. And you don’t want to raise a bunch of questions. So I was thinking it might be smarter for me to get my own hotel room. I can lay low and they don’t have to know I’m in town.” She’d sat up for a good portion of the night doing two things: thinking about how much she’d wanted to kiss Drew Lawless and then freaking out about it because that was a bad idea. Beware of billionaires with six-pack abs. It was her new mantra. Yes, she’d signed the contract last night, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t reason with her new . . . boss . . . partner . . . whatever he was.

“I told Bran you’re coming with me.”

This was exactly what she’d worried about. “You told him? I thought I would have more time. How am I going to explain this to Carly? I think she’ll wonder why one of her closest friends didn’t mention she was dating her future brother-in-law.”

“I’ve already explained it. We wanted to make sure it was real before we went public. It’s that simple. We met in Los Angeles. I contacted you. We went on a few dates and we’ve been talking a lot. You’ve come out to Austin because we’re contemplating moving in together. This is a trial run,” he said calmly, as though he hadn’t upended her entire life. “Also, I asked Bran not to mention it to Carly because you would rather tell her yourself. It was a safe bet Bran wouldn’t ask too many questions, but Carly will want to know everything. It’s why we need to get our stories straight.”

She focused on the words that messed with her life. “Moving in together? You told them we’re thinking of moving in together?”

“How else was I supposed to explain it when all your belongings arrive here?”

“What?” She winced because the words had come out in a screech. “I’m having your things packed up as we speak. They’ll be here in a few days.”

“Why the hell would you do that?” How was she going to get everything back to LA?

Drew relaxed again as though he’d already gone over this argument in his mind and knew he would win. “I wanted you to be comfortable. This is going to be a full-time job, and not a quick one. I suspect we’ll have to keep up our ruse for at least six months. Potentially a year. Also, that apartment you were living in was incredibly dangerous. Did you know it was recently condemned? The movers told me about it when they explained they were charging me extra for how fast they had to move. It’s scheduled to be demolished in two weeks.”

“What?” She stared at him. He expected her to live with him for six months to a year? Somewhere in the back of her head she’d been thinking a week or two tops, and then she’d go back to LA and work from there. Her apartment building was shitty and she was fairly certain someone cooked meth in part of it, but it was all she could afford. And it was solidly built. There had been no hint that anyone was planning on building in her part of LA. Gentrification had not reared its upscale, hipster head yet, so that left her with one very manipulative bastard. “Tell me you did not buy my apartment building and schedule it for demolition in an attempt to leave me with nowhere to go.”

He managed to look almost angelic in the soft light of morning. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Review

Family is everything for the Lawless siblings.  These four have been through so much and deserve to be able to move to the next stage of their lives.  Drew wants to finish what they started so they can finally live in peace.

I felt compassion for Drew because he has spent his life sacrificing himself so his siblings could have a better life.  Even if that meant he had to give up his only chance at happiness.  His only goal was for them to have a good life and to avenge his parents.   I could understand why he was socially awkward.  He could only trust his brothers and sister.  Everything else to him was a transaction that he had to be in control of. But he will find out quickly that people cannot be a transaction.

Shelby is perfect for Drew, even though he warns her that he is not good for her. She allows him to have enough latitude before she puts her foot down.  I loved getting to know Shelby. She has missing pieces in her life too.  She needs a family that she can depend on but she is also strong and independent.

The whole family is amazing, they support each other and never doubt each other.  Both Riley and Bran have grown into their roles as husbands and in the company.  They manage to help inject the story with humour and advice.

Revenge is a story that shows that strength in many ways.  Strength in family bonds and forgiveness.  So much is happening in this story and I love that Lexi but heart in the center.  The introduction of a new character into this story really pulled everything for me.  I loved this character and I hope one day he might have his own story.

Revenge

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Dark Experiments (Book 2)

By Lana Campbell

Synopsis

Christian is the exception to Tiffany’s rule that all males are louses. For years Tiffany has lusted after Christian and of late she can’t help but wonder what it might be like to have a brief fling with him. The opportunity to explore her secret fantasy appears when Christian offers her a job as the IT person for his practice, the V clinic. She knows if he gives her the green light, she’s going to have a romp with her sexy vampire. When the night finally arrives and she and Christian have sex, the experience is so overwhelmingly powerful, Tiffany backpedals and tries to turn down the heat between them. She’s human. He’s a vampire. She can’t afford to fall in love with him.

Christian has other ideas. During their sexual encounter, he discovers Tiffany is his life mate and he vows to change her thinking. His intentions are put on hold when he gets caught up in an angel of death’s vicious plan to chemically terminate V clinic patients’ pregnancies. Tiffany herself falls victim to a lethal dose of arsenic and Christian can only save her by turning her into a vampire. She’s furious when she wakes from her turning and discovers what Christian has done. She wants nothing to do with him ever again, but when she’s kidnapped by this angel of death and used as a guinea pig for deadly experiments she only has Christian to turn to save her life.

Review

Dark Experiments picks up sometime after Forever and a Night.  Tiffany is going to work for Christian at the V clinic to help the practice get up to date on their computer system.  Christian is discovering how deep his feelings go for Tiffany.  And how much Tiffany feels about him but she has no desire to become a vampire.

I liked Christian in book one.  And I am really glad to see that he is still really close with Mia.  He is extremely protective over Tiffany and wants their relationship to keep growing.  He has a noble way about him.  Almost naive in a way,  He is extremely compassionate, perfect for his line of work.

I could understand Tiffany, even when I think she is really hard on the people around her.  She has a chip on her shoulder that will take time to figure out.  Tiffany also has some scary moments in this book that will change her life forever.

Dark Experiments had a good start and good suspense with a mystery to figure out.  The psychopaths in this book were written really well and I loved the family unit that was built around Tiffany.  But like Forever and a Night the editing was distracting in places and that made it difficult to lose yourself in the story.

Dark Experiments

My Rating:   1/2

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Wolf Hunt (SWAT#6)

By Paige Tyler

Synopsis

A STORM IS BREWING…
Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He’s there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy’s senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy—his beautiful high school crush.

After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close—very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner—and first love—was killed on the job, he’s kept women at a distance.

But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy’s protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self…and hope Triana accepts him.

Review

I was really excited to read Wolf Hunt.  This seres has really grown on me.  Remy is an interesting character.  He had a traumatic transition into his werewolf life that had him swearing off falling in love.  It left him emotionally unable to move to a new relationship. Triana is an old friend that now looks like she could be “the one.”

I could really sympathize for Remy.  He truly felt love for another woman that had him believing that he would never fall in love again.  But I wanted to slap him more than once.  He doesn’t want to hurt Triana but he can’t see having a future with her. He has to find a way to get over his past and move on to his future.

Triana is head strong and independent.  She has her own secrets and there is a mystery revolving around her father’s brutal murder.  And even though the case is cold she will not give up on trying to find justice for him.  I also love the fact that she has her own reservations about the relationship but even though she doesn’t know about “the one” she feels a bond that she cannot turn away from.

Paige Tyler decided to take the SWAT team out of Dallas for Wolf Hunt and send them to New Orleans, which is one of my favorite places.  This made for a great location and added some more revelations for Remy and the other members of the pack. They must somehow help take down a drug dealer that also has secrets of his own.  Paige added tons of actions and suspense to this novel and I couldn’t put down the book in the last fight scene.

I still love the idea of “the one” and look forward to the continuation of these series.

Wolf Hunt

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Shadow Reaper (The Shadow Series #2)

By Christine Feehan

Synopsis

Billionaire playboy Ricco Ferraro knows no other life. Being a shadow rider is in his blood—but so is a haunting desperation stemming from the secrets of his dark past. His recklessness puts not only his life at risk, but also the future of his entire family. To save them all, he must find a woman who can meet his every desire with a heat all her own…

Just when Ricco has given up hope, he meets her—a mysterious woman whose shadow connects with his. She’s someone looking for a safe haven from the danger that has stalked her over the last several months. In Ricco’s embrace, she finds one. But the darkness in which they so often find sanctuary can also consume them…

Review

I loved this book from beginning to end.  Christine Feehan has a unique way of drawing you in and capturing your attention.  I could barely put this book down to sleep.  It had me guessing and every time I thought I had it all figured out the characters threw something else at me.

Ricco was everything I thought he would be.  Everyone thought he was a reckless playboy that only had eyes for fast women and fast cars but there was so much more to him.  In book #1 (Shadow Rider) Stefano warns him of his ways and what might happen if he did meet the one woman that he was supposed to be with for the rest of his life.  He has his secrets that he has keep from his family. As everything starts to come out that’s when all hell breaks loose.

Mariko is perfect for Ricco.  She is mysterious and in the beginning she had me guessing at every turn.  I love her appearance of innocence and honesty. She gives something to Ricco that no one else can.  She also has many secrets and there is also a mystery that she is unaware of.

I love this family.  Once a Ferraro has taken you in they are going to protect you till the end.  Stefano, of course, still serves as the head of the family and offers support to everyone even when they don’t ask for it.  The bothers are extremely protective and Emmanuelle is the sister that everyone wishes for.  This family has made this neighborhood it’s own community and they will protect everyone in it.  This book has so many good scenes in it and a particularly good battle and I can’t wait for the next installment.

Shadow Reaper

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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Villain

By Jackie Wang

Synopsis

I go by many names: Playboy, Hustler, Villain.
They call me a sadistic a-hole because I rob from the poor and cheat on the weak.
Do I ever regret the choices I’ve made? All the damn time.
But it’s too late to turn back, and too late to start over…
I’ve never even considered giving it all up for anyone or anything before. Never had a reason or motivation to change.
Until I met her.
Callista Rayner. Heiress. Goddess. Need-her-ass-up-on-my-mattress.
My last chance at redemption.
Problem was, I couldn’t afford to fall for her, because I didn’t want to ruin her.
I didn’t want to destroy her, like the others that came before.
Too bad I had no choice.
Too bad she was my pawn and I had to use her.
Too bad, too bad, too bad.

Note: This dark romance contains sensitive subject matter and is intended for a mature audience.

Review

Villain tested my resolve and I found myself feeling so angry and upset for Ryder, regardless of the decisions he made in his life I was so upset for how he was living and found myself really angry at the adults who had played him.  I hated how he was living, he had nothing and was scraping by, it really made me sad and I could rant all day about ‘The Kept Woman’ !!

I wanted his revenge, I was with him every step of the way as his father is a brutal man and then throw in all the other people playing with his feeling and emotions well no wonder he is so aggressive.

The last quarter of this book just explodes with so many questions but also big answers and then the final chapter just blows it out of the water, I had no clue and well I was pleasantly surprised by this so well done to the author.

I kind of wished we had a couple of more chapters after the explosive revelations as by then I really had connected to Ryder and Callie as a couple in the romantic sense.

So my only complaint was I did want more emotional connection between Ryder and Callie, I did not feel them, they were both playing their cards so close to their chest if affected my ability to think they were attracted to each other emotionally and physically.  I really did not connect to them until right at the end which was a shame and I also found her friendship group strange.

Quote:  I married a monster. The monster wore a kind mask. He Said ‘please’ and ‘thank you’

Villain

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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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The Family Creed Series

Sovietnik’s Fury

By V.F. Mason

Synopsis

Vivian
Terrified at what my family wanted to do to me, I ran away from them straight into the arms of a gray-eyed stranger.
The man taught me how to love, creating a cocoon around my heart that nothing could break.
I thought my old life was behind me, but my dreams didn’t come true.
They had found me and manipulated the situation in their favor, destroying my life in the process.
To save the man I loved, I had no choice but to betray him.
He was out of prison now.
He would come for revenge.
All I could do was pray for mercy.

Sovietnik 
Five years.
That was how long I had spent in prison for the crime I didn’t commit.
My life, my status, my woman were stolen from me.
So many people due revenge from for the injustice done to me.
But I’d start with the one who betrayed me the most.
The woman I loved, the only woman who occupied my thoughts all those years, from the moment I’d met her.
The only woman I used to live for.
Vivian.

Warning: 18+ due to sexual content, profanity, abuse, graphic violence, and adult subject matter. Standalone, although connected with Pakhan Duet series.

Review

Firstly, I love the cover, yes I too wanted his beard to run between my legs just like Vivian, wow their passionate scenes were H.O.T.!

Sovietnik’s does have immense fury, anger, betrayal but his ultimate love for Vivian and the need to protect her made him the champion.  The way the author told their love story between the past and present seemed to entwine without breaks, it simply flowed perfectly for me.  I do not normally like going backwards and forwards but I found in this story I was hungry for everything, their history, the plotting and I had questions and all were answered.

Well done to the author, I did not pick The Director, I had a hunch but until it was revealed I was still second guessing myself which in the end provided a great twist.  There are also other great small stories within this suspenseful journey especially with the Sovietnik’s family, Vivian and her sister and parents too that I loved.

The Sovietnik does get his revenge, it is at times dark, raw and gritty but done with total relevance to the story and I was with him every step of the way considering the injustice served to him.  I did also enjoy the friendship with his group of men and I found the Russian mafia story easy to follow.  I also really loved the endless protection and moments of humour given particularly between Vivian, Jake and the Russian men.

I literally picked this up and could not put down, it had me gripped to the pages, second guessing myself and then falling in love all over again with Vivian and the Sovietnik like they did 5 years earlier.

The Epilogue is brilliant and left me totally satisfied with the conclusion to their love story.

Sovietnik’s Fury

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Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn #1)

By Maya Banks

Synopsis

A sizzling story of a woman who risks her life and her heart to find a wealthy man’s missing sister — the first novel in a sexy new romantic suspense series from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Maya Banks.

When Caleb Devereaux’s younger sister is kidnapped, this scion of a powerful and wealthy family turns to an unlikely source for help: a beautiful and sensitive woman with a gift for finding answers others cannot.

While Ramie can connect to victims and locate them by feeling their pain, her ability comes with a price. Every time she uses it, it costs her a piece of herself. Helping the infuriatingly attractive and impatient Caleb successfully find his sister nearly destroys her. Even though his sexual intensity draws her like a magnet, she needs to get as far away from him as she can.

Deeply remorseful for the pain he’s caused, Caleb is determined to make things right. But just when he thinks Ramie’s vanished forever, she reappears. She’s in trouble and she needs his help. Now, Caleb will risk everything to protect her — including his heart….

Review

Keep Me Safe was paced really well and I connected immediately to Caleb and Ramie.  I have read Maya Banks before and was interested to see her take on a paranormal series.

Ramie’s gift takes us on a sensitive journey and your heart breaks for her loneliness and the horror she sees with her gift.  I was thankful for Caleb and his strong protection of her after his initial poor treatment at the start of this story. Their love making was romantic and the caring way he treated her was beautiful.

One thing, I did not like was Caleb’s brothers or his sister at all however I adored Dean, he was amazing and I felt his connection to help Ramie more than Caleb’s brothers.

The ending was very quick and I feel as though there are some characters I needed some further closure on particularly Tori and Ramie.  I admit by the end though I had forgiven his brothers as they stepped up to the plate when all the drama started.

The last quarter of this book just explodes with endless action and you will not be able to put it down.

Am I going onto the next book in this series, yes as I am enjoying the change in story telling by Maya.

Keep Me Safe (Slow Burn #1)

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Blade Bound (Chicagoland Vampire #13)

By Chloe Neill

Synopsis

Since the night of her brutal attack and unwilling transformation into a vampire, Merit has stood as Sentinel and protector of Chicago’s Cadogan House. She’s saved the Windy City from the forces of darkness time and again with her liege and lover, Ethan Sullivan, by her side.

When the House is infiltrated and Merit is attacked by a vampire who seems to be under the sway of dark magic, Merit and Ethan realize the danger is closer than they could have imagined. As malign sorcery spreads throughout the city, Merit must go to war against supernatural powers beyond her comprehension. It is her last chance to save everything—and everyone—she loves.

Review

Blade Bound is the final installment for Merit and Ethan.  For me, it was the perfect way to end their journey.  It brought their story full circle.  I loved how it had references to when they first met and how their love evolved. I couldn’t put this book down and even though I loved the ending, I still didn’t want it to be over.

Merit has grown so much even though it had only been a year.  She had discovered what she was capable of and found the love of her life.  She has an inner strength and loyalty that really matches no other.

I love Ethan.  He has also grown since meeting Merit.  He had learned how love affects people and how it effects everything in his life.  Ethan has always known what Merit is made of and made sure that she had the opportunity to become the person she was meant to be.

Blade Bound also had all the characters that we have grown to love throughout this series.  From Luc and Lindsey, Jeff and Merit’s grandfather to Catcher and Mallory.  And yes Catcher is still tying to get a Lifetime movie made out of their story.

This story has everything in it that makes the Chicagoland Vampire Series so great.  I really like how it highlights that fact that the humans and vampires still do not have a great relationship but the vampires will find a way to save the city.  I also couldn’t get enough of their wedding.  It touched on everything that makes them so great together.  I’m sad that this series has ended but I’m looking forward to the spinoff series and hope for some cameos.

Blade Bound

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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