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King’s Captive

By Amber Bardan

Synopsis

For three years, I’ve belonged to Julius King. 

Some people would think being stuck on a private island is heaven, but this is my hell.  

Because I’m not here as a guest. Not even close. I’m a prisoner. I’m his. 

Julius King. Powerful. Wealthy. Dangerous. 

There are parts of me he wants that I can’t give him. When he looks at me, there are times I swear he sees someone else. And the scary part is that sometimes, when he touches me, I think he may be someone else, too. 

Though my body might be tempted, and he might control everything else, I can’t let him have any piece of my heart. I won’t. But every day, the fight gets harder, and Julius manages to slip past my defenses in the most unexpected ways.  

I have to find out the truth about Julius King. Even if it destroys me. 

Review

This is going to be a fairly short review, because KING’S CAPTIVE is practically one giant plot twist in the making, and to talk about any of it could be considered a spoiler.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t get this one.  It is told mostly in the present, but also includes flashbacks to an event three years ago, aptly called Bloody Birthday.  That is the day Julius arrived at Sarah’s family home and took her for himself.  Each flashback is designed to give us a piece of the puzzle, but trying to keep track of those pieces was hard given that they were provided out of order.  By that I mean the first flashback takes place at 3.00pm, then 3.15 pm, then 1.20 pm, then 1.40 pm, then 3.30 pm, then 1.56 pm, etc.  Trying to keep track of what happened in the past, and how it related to what was happening in the present, became too much for me and ultimately affected my enjoyment of this story.

You know how you sometimes watch a movie, but when you watch it a second time and know how it ends, everything suddenly makes sense?  I think this is one of those books that would make more sense the second time around.  Maybe then I wouldn’t be left with so many questions.

KING’S CAPTIVE is told in dual POVs, but mostly in Sarah’s.  It is a stand-alone and it comes with a HEA.  While I didn’t enjoy it, I’m sure there are plenty of others who will love it.

King’s Captive

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A Harmless Little Game (Harmless # 1)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

Four years ago I lost my virginity on live, streaming television.
Too bad I wasn’t awake for it.
The video went viral. Of course it would. A Senator’s daughter on camera? Wouldn’t you click “share”? Besides, that’s what three of the four guys in the video did.
Share.

They shared me.

But that fourth guy? The nondescript one in the background in the upper left corner of the screen, just sitting on the couch? The only one who did nothing?
Not one single thing.
That was my boyfriend, Drew.
And that was the last time I saw him.

Until today, when my father—now on a path to the White House—hired him as head of security for my new team as I return home after four years of “recovering” in an undisclosed location that involved white lab coats, needles, pills and damage control.

You see, the other three guys never went to jail. Never had charges pressed.
Never faced consequences.
Until today.
Game on.

Review

WOW!  A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME is a book that grabbed me right from the very first page and did not let me go.  I know a book is good when I’m up until 1am reading.  Since this is the first book in the Harmless trilogy that focuses on Lindsay and her desire for revenge, I can’t say much, so this will be a fairly short review.

What Lindsay went through four years ago was horrific.  What’s worse is that the men involved got away with it.  If that doesn’t fire up your anger, I don’t know what will.  I really felt for her and I admired the strength and courage she displayed to stand up for herself.  I also liked Drew, who is a very quiet and controlled man.  I have a feeling that when his control slips, the fallout will be huge and it’s going to be a sight to behold.  I absolutely hated her parents, especially her mother.  Honestly, if it turns out that she had something to do with what happened to her daughter, I would not be surprised at all.  The scene where Lindsay stood up to her mother was awesome and I was so cheering her on.

This book left me with a lot of questions.  Questions that I’m sure will be answered in the following two books.  How did those men get away with it?  Who is protecting them?  Why did they do it?  Did someone put them up to it?  Who is her friend?  Who is her enemy?  Who is telling the truth?  I have so many more questions, but I can’t list them here without giving away some spoilers.

This first part of the trilogy takes place over two to three days and ends in a cliffhanger.  I did find it a little repetitive at times, and I also got annoyed when Drew kept telling Lindsay that she had no idea what she was in for.  I wanted to yell at him to just tell her already, but I guess that would have shortened the story quite a bit.  A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME is told only in Lindsay’s POV, with the next book in the trilogy being told in Drew’s POV, which I’m really looking forward to because I can’t wait to get inside his head.

Please Note:  This book contains scenes that may be triggers for some people.

A Harmless Little Game (Harmless # 1)

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Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner (Carnal Series #4)

By Reily Garrett

Synopsis

Life on the street molds emotional athletes.

Three years ago, her brother’s death marked the beginning of Kendra’s new life, an existence with no home, no family, and no friends. Time in the underground byways toughened her emotional shell with the loose association of like-minded street rats where survival meant compromise and constant vigilance.

Before he died, Billy had sent her a package in care of his teammate, Conner. For Kendra, re-entrance into polite society comes with a deadly price, as betrayal comes from both sides of the grave.


Conner Crofton owns the BDSM club Ambrosia. After failing to protect his teammate on their last covert mission, penance takes form as a promise to safeguard Billy’s little sister, a girl he’d unknowingly remanded to a world of darkness and uncertainty, deception and psychopathic stalkers.


The past will always haunt us. Each must earn forgiveness and trust as passion, guilt, deception, and betrayal, interweave a destiny formed long ago. A romantic suspense with a twist.

Review

Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner is Connor’s and Kendra’s story.  Conner’s a protective man who sees Kendra in a sisterly way.  Kendra is a tough girl who had to grow up quick and always had a crush on Conner.  Because of the murder of Kendra’s brother she lost touch with everyone she knew.

Connor has a lot to make up for.  He didn’t realize that Kendra had gone missing.  He thought that she moved with her parents.  If he had known that she was living on the streets he would have started looking for her much sooner.  Connor always felt a sisterly bond with Kendra because of the age difference he never considered her more than that.

Kendra who is now grown and hardened up by the streets is trying to show Connor that she is not longer his best friend’s little sister.  She is now a woman who has always had a crush on him.  It’s just convincing Connor that he is allowed to feel more than just brotherly love for her.

Then there is they mystery of Kendra’s brother death and why he left her the package.  This package put her in a dangerous situation which Connor must protect her from.  This has put everyone on high alert, including Connor’s brothers.

Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner is a completely addictive read.  It, like the other novels in this series, had great pacing and a great story line.  I loved his brothers, they provided some very humous moments.  And it also had a mystery to figure out.  I also loved that Connor had a inner dilemma that he had to work through and Kendra had to find her way back into the world again.

Carnal Obsession: His Heart’s Prisoner

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When Hunter Meets Seeker (An Arcane Society Novel)

By Betty Shreffler

Synopsis

Trained by the Arcane Society to fulfill her legacy as an Arcane Hunter, Anya Carlisle knows nothing but the loneliness that comes with being a hunter. One evening, in a place she never should’ve been, throws Anya into the heated snare of Dex Grigori. She should’ve seen him as the enemy, but instead her body longs for his touch in ways she’s never experienced.

From the first moment Dex sets eyes on Anya, he wants her all for himself. After one night of forbidden passion he’s left craving more of her, until he discovers how wrong for him she is. She’s a deadly hunter that kills without question and he’s exactly the kind of demon she’s been trained to eliminate. Yet his fierce desire to have her brings him dangerously close to her heart, where he soon discovers she is far more than the cold killer he anticipated.

Review

When Hunter Meets Seeker is another great addition into Betty Shreffler’s collection.  It takes us into a world that humans do not know exist.  Where the demons aren’t always the bad guys. This story had many facets to it, a secret society, demons, misguided loyalties, sworn enemies and love.

Anya Carlisle was born into the Arcane Society that hunts and kills demons.  She was taught how to fight and follow orders.  And she excelled at it.  But as she gets older she is starting to question what her purpose is.  Some of the demons that she was ordered to kill seemed to be living honest lives.  She also is questioning if this is what she wants out of life.

By fate she meets Dex Grigori, an incubus demon, that she is sworn enemies with.  They have a hot first encounter that leaves them both in need of each other.  He is everything that she should hate but there is something about him.  He should be running from her because she is very good at killing demons like him.  But can he believe that she is trying to leave that life behind her?

When Hunter Meets Seeker has a little bit of everything.  It has a great mystery within the Arcane Society that Anya has to get to the bottom of, a passionate love story between Anya and Dex and it has betrayal.  The bad guys aren’t always who you think they are.

When Hunter Meets Seeker

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Wicked Games (Steele Security # 1)

By A.D Justice

Synopsis

She has the story of a lifetime every investigative reporter dreams of landing.  
But the trail of incriminating evidence leads back to the only man she’s ever loved.
When she misses her flight, she watches the plane explode in mid-air, knowing the bomb was onboard to silence her.
Who can she trust?

He hasn’t been the same since the day he lost her. 
Then he catches an intruder in his house, only to find his long-dead love is still alive.
Lust, love, betrayal, and loyalty war inside him.
Treachery, deceit, and danger threaten them. 

When an unknown enemy holds all the cards, how can they survive the wicked games?

Review

WICKED GAMES is the first book in the Steele Security series and the first book I’ve read from A.D. Justice.  It is told in the past and present day, with a good portion of the story taking place between three to five years ago.  I can’t say much about the main characters because I felt the arms trafficking side of the story overshadowed them.  Or maybe that was the part of the story I was most interested in and enjoyed the most.  I will say that the person behind the arms trafficking was obvious and I hope it was supposed to be.

I could be wrong, but I believe this may be the author’s debut novel, which would explain the few technical issues I had problems with.  The story is told in multiple POVs, with the POV changing without notice, often several times within the same chapter.  There were occasional gaps in time that also came without notice.  One chapter, told in Brianna’s POV, takes place over several months, then the very next chapter, told in Noah’s POV, starts all the way back from where the previous chapter started.  These things disrupted the flow of the story, and overall I struggled with this style of writing.  Moving on, I thought it was odd that when Brianna was thinking about her parents, she would refer to them by their first names instead of Mom and Dad.  She would do the same with Noah, one minute calling him Noah and then switching to Reaper.  Lastly, Reaper’s team was called out several days before Brianna was to go home, but later on she says his team was called out just hours before she left.  While this is not a huge mistake, it is a sloppy one.

Despite what I’ve said above, overall I thought WICKED GAMES was an okay read, one that came with a HEA for Noah and Brianna.  I bought the first four books in this series as a box-set, and I will give the second book a try before deciding whether or not I will continue with the series.

Wicked Games (Steele Security # 1)

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Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel #1

By Jacquelyn Frank

Synopsis

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

Review

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel is an energizing twist on a vampire story.  The quality of the victim’s blood determines the quality of the vampire.  Vampires that choose to take blood from people who abuse their bodies go rogue. They become dangerous and have to be hunted in order to keep their existence secret.

Rafe, an energy vampire, gets energy from different sources.  When he takes blood as an energy source he is careful to choose someone who eats well and doesn’t drink too much.  He is close to the queen and is working hard to broker peace amongst the different factions of vampires.  But not everyone wants peace.

Renee is a detective.  She lives a clean life and works hard to keep her city safe.  She is tenacious and strives to be the best.  She has a great partnership with Jimmy and they hate leaving a case unsolved.

There is an unusual murder that has two puncture wounds on the back of the victim’s neck with an eye witness stating that a vampire was to blame.  This brings the two worlds together.  There is instant chemistry between Rafe and Renee but Rafe can’t let the knowledge of the vampire world get out.  He also doesn’t want to take Renee’s memories from her.

Thirst has a little bit of everything.  It has a murder mystery to go with hot chemistry between the main characters.   There are different elements at work in this story including great romance between Rafe and Renee, great friendships, what could be an evil mastermind and the rogue vampire issue.  This first book of this series has set up this series for more exciting books to come.

Thirst: An Energy Vampire Novel

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Phantom Kiss (Chicagoland Vampires 12A)

By Chloe Neill

Synopsis

Vampires generally aren’t afraid of things that go bump in the night, but Merit and Ethan are extra jumpy after a recent attack by a dark sorcerer. So when they learn that someone is messing with graves in Chicago’s cemeteries, stealing skulls and snatching souls, they fear that their powerful foe might be back for even more magical vengeance.

But after a specter begins haunting Cadogan House—and targeting vampires—they realize that they’re being taunted by an altogether different sort of monster. A ghoulish villain straight out of the Windy City’s urban legends is on the prowl—and he won’t stop until he’s killed again…

Review

The wedding day fast approaches for Merit and Ethan.  Both want to be married and thankful that they do not have a long engagement. But on the way to wedded bliss they find themselves in a mystery at a graveyard. They are thankful for the distraction because Merit’s family has complete control over the wedding.

Phantom Kiss is a great novella for this series.  Still packed with action and humour that we expect from this series but also was a little lighter though it did have a little drama in the mix. The personalities of all the characters still shined through.

I love the relationship that Chloe Neill has written for Merit and Ethan.  We definitely get to see the dynamic that that they have between them while they figure out who is haunting their home. They are perfect for each other and Ethan is the perfect leader for Cadogan.

This novella makes me want to read the whole series again to revisit how Merit and Ethan got their star.  Even though I don’t want this series to end, I can’t wait to find out what is in store for them next.

Phantom Kiss

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Dirty Deeds

By Jacqueline M Sinclair & Geri Glenn

Synopsis

Tori
My life had been going just fine until the night I met him. He was darkness, sex, and danger, all wrapped into one perfectly muscled package, and he had his sights set on me. But that same night, everything I knew about my life was turned upside down. One glimpse of Trick’s tattoo, and the memories consume me. That’s when my anger was born.

Someone in his club killed my parents, and I had watched it happen. I can’t remember much, but I will stop at nothing to find out who that someone was, and make them pay. Getting close to Trick is the only way to do that, but he’s loyal to his club. As things heat up, conspiracies are revealed, and I’m about to learn just how deep those loyalties run.

Trick
From the instant I laid eyes on Tori, I wanted her. And for the first time ever, I find myself having to work at getting close to a woman. She’s mysterious and gorgeous, and I never quite know what she’s going to do next. She’s fascinating, but something’s not right. Something is holding her back from me. Something I intend to find out.

But then she does something crazy. After she accuses my club of being responsible for the death of her parents, I know I should cut ties with her. I have a responsibility to my club—to my brothers. But what if she’s telling the truth? I’ve introduced her to them, and that means she’s now in danger. As a member of Satan’s Wrath, I have to let this play out, but how can I protect her without going against my brothers?

Review

Firstly the cover rocks and I can totally see Tori and Trick and their passionate connection – love it and I also thought having both characters POV helped with the intense story.

Dirty Deeds to me was more a mystery/suspense than a biker romance story and I enjoyed the overall storyline.  Tori’s story began strong for me, I felt her chemistry with Trick from the first few chapters and it gripped me by my heart and I wanted to find out who were the true bad guys.  I did not guess all the connections and I loved that so many secrets were revealed and then the true heroes for Tori stepped up when she needed them.  What I enjoyed was the drip feeding of the hidden mystery story, I had suspicions for characters but was not sure so kept turning those pages and the violent scenes created great suspense and drama.

I really enjoyed the friendship of Tori and her cousin Spencer and that Tori was really independent.

The flashbacks for Tori’s story were thrown in at the right times and kept me intrigued and the sexual chemistry and passionate scenes between Trick and Tori were really well written.

I also could not pick the change in authors and their writing which was great as some books I have read by two authors you could pick the difference and change in characters, in this case I could not so well done.

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Satisfaction (A Lawless Novel #2)

By Lexi Blake

Synopsis

Brandon Lawless is a man on a mission: obtain the information that will clear his father’s name. He’s willing to do whatever it takes—even seduce his enemy’s personal assistant, the beautiful and innocent Carly Hendricks. But with her beguiling smile and captivating intelligence, Brandon soon realizes he doesn’t want to deceive Carly, he wants to win her over—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Then a twisted crime leaves Carly vulnerable and Brandon finds himself reeling. The stakes of his mission are now life or death—Carly’s life. And Brandon realizes he’s lost his heart to an amazing woman and his plan must succeed, because the stakes are no longer just revenge, but a once in a lifetime love.

Review

Satisfaction is the second installment to the Lawless Family.  It centers around Brandon Lawless and we learn about his experience after their parents were murdered.

I love Bran, yes he does have his issues but I think he is the soul of the family.  He wants to be honest and upfront with everyone, including Carly.  He has a different way of looking at the world and he knows when his brother is about to take things too far.

Patricia Cain is a special kind of evil.  Where Bran is the soul of the family, Patricia has no soul. She uses everyone around her and she creates leverage so that people can’t get away from her, including Carly.

Carly is working her way back into the world after a failed marriage to a criminal. She works hard for everyone else and has a great heart.  Even though she is trapped in her situation, Carly knows when to help those around her.  She is extremely close to her sister who convinces her to start dating again through a dating app. She is conveniently paired with Drew. This is set up completely to continue with the Lawless plan of justice in the form of revenge.  Bran is sitting watching the cafe when he sees Carly.  He can’t let them pull her into their scheme without her knowing what is could happen to her.  He knows in his heart that she will choose to help them. Carly is perfect for Bran.  She hasn’t had it easy and still she has a great heart.

So much happens in Satisfaction.  Carly is attacked on two fronts and we get to see Bran be the hero we know he can be.  We also get to see Drew learn to be more of a human.  He is starting to see what revenge is doing to his family.  He does have a great heart to heart scene in this book and we also learn more about who he is attracted to.  Ian Taggart also made an appearance in this book.  We were given a treat with his insight of what is going on with the boys or in his words “puppies”.

Just like in other novels from Lexi Blake, she draws you in with emotion and humour.  You fall for all her characters and she knows how to write a villain.  I am excited to see what she has in store next for Drew.

Satisfaction

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Kiss of The Highlander (Highlander Series #4)

By Karen Marie Moning

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Synopsis

A laird trapped between centuries…

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side….

A woman changed forever in his arms…

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them … and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves….

Review

Kiss of The Highlander is a well crafted book.  Karen Marie Moning perfectly put together a sequence of events that led the reader on a journey.  This story had me laughing and crying out loud.  At times I was even screaming into my Kindle.   This is not the first time I have read this story and will not be my last.  This is a must read again story.

Drustan Mackeltar has been gypsy cursed and been asleep for over 500 years.  He is woken by Gwen.  He is confused but because he has always been a ladies man he is more than happy to get acquainted.

This book then turns into Drustan trying to get Gwen to believe he is not crazy and from the past.  It takes some work on his part and they develop a relationship that turns into love.

Their relationship takes a turn when she travels to the past.  Gwen now finds herself in the position of having to convince that other Drustan that she isn’t crazy and somehow must help save his twin  brother.  And somewhere in this whole mess he may fall in love with her all over again.

Kiss of The Highlander is fast paced and beautifully written.  From beginning to end you are cheering for these two.  This story is also unique because you feel like you have two books in one.  This is definitely a book to be read over and over.

Kiss of the Highlander

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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