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Creep (Karma Inc. # 4)

By Gillian Zane

Synopsis

Case # 4 of the Karma Incorporated Series.

What goes around comes around…it’s called Karma.

Working for Karma Incorporated might sound like the best job in the world, but there’s one really big catch: you’ve got to die to get it. Cassandra Mercier died at the ripe old age of twenty-one and is now gainfully employed by the Afterlife Corporation as a Karma operative…and she’s been working overtime.

Cassandra is given the task of playing the psychic medium Castalia Rosso, and she’s on the hunt to give a few pretend ghost hunters a bit of cosmic retribution.

Her targets are two Creeps.

Twins Raul and Roselle, who have made a name for themselves in the ghost hunting community as renowned demon hunters. They’ve gotten so much notoriety that they’ve landed themselves a reality television show. The network insisted that they include a psychic on the show with them, though — and this is where Castalia Rosso comes in. Joining the twins on an investigation of one of the most haunted houses in the area, Cassie must expose the brother and sister ghost hunting duo, and all their dirty behavior and deal with some real ghosts all while trying to sort out her own tumultuous existence.

As the case gets more and more complex, so does the world Cassie exists in. Life and death aren’t exactly what they seem when working for the Afterlife Corporation.

Review

CREEP is another great addition to the Karma Inc. series, though I can’t say too much about it, because this series is connected and I’m trying not to give away any spoilers.  But I’m very glad my suspicions about Drake were confirmed.  Yes, we finally find out what Drake is, and it definitely makes things more interesting.  In this story, there was no further investigation into Cassie’s murder, but I think we’ll get a lot of information in the next book, given where her next case is taking her.

CREEP is told only in Cassie’s POV and ends in a cliffhanger of sorts.  Each book in this series is connected and cannot be read as stand-alones.  The next book in the series is CROOK, and though I don’t know when it’s coming out, I can’t wait to read it.

Creep (Karma Inc. # 4)

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Karma Inc. Series

Thirty Day Boyfriend

By Whitney G.

Synopsis

I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss–Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.
We still have 29 more days to go…

Review

THIRTY DAY BOYFRIEND was a very quick and entertaining read that will grab you from the first chapter and won’t let go.

“Are you checking to make sure I haven’t broken away from my chains today?”
“You’ve fantasised about me putting you in chains? Let’s discuss that.”

Emily is the Executive Assistant to one of the most powerful men in New York, and one does not get—and hold—that position by being weak or a pushover.  She’s not afraid to go head-to-head with Nicholas, and she’s very good at negotiating to get what she wants.  As much as she “hates” her boss and her job, it’s clear that she’s very well respected by Nicholas and by all those that deal with her.

I’ll be honest, I don’t know why Emily “hated” Nicholas so much.  Sure, he’s a little cold and detached, but he’s a high-powered CEO, so that kind of behavior is to be expected within the workplace.  Sure, he’s also a little bullish, but I found some of his bullish ways to be very entertaining.  But deep down, underneath the cold and aloof exterior, lies a man who’s a total sweetheart…for the right woman.

THIRTY DAY BOYFRIEND is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Nicholas and Emily.  It’s a stand-alone novella, and the only complaint I have with it is that the ending is rushed.

Thirty Day Boyfriend

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Forbidden Seduction (Lee County Wolves # 2)

By Teresa Gabelman

Synopsis

Hunter Foster single-handedly exposed the shifter community after shifting in front of humans to protect a Vampire Council Warrior. With no regrets, he heads home to answer for his crime of breaking an outdated law.

Back in his town, he is faced with rogue packs challenging their alpha, his brother, as well as the woman he has spent years avoiding. Finally, he has to come to terms with what his wolf has been telling him and what he as a man has been fighting against.

Review

FORBIDDEN SEDUCTION is the second book in the Lee County Wolves series, and it’s been over two years since I read the first book, FORBIDDEN HUNGER.  Because of that, I wondered if I’d have a problem following on from the first story, and I did, but not for that reason.  I hit a few trouble spots because some characters and events introduced and talked about in this book relate to a different series.  Because of that, I did feel like I was missing something, but it didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the story.

I liked Hunter, but his treatment of Emily when they were younger meant he had a lot to apologize for, and I don’t think he apologized enough.  That being said, I did feel that he was truly regretful for how he treated her and will spend the rest of his life making it up to her.

I loved Emily.  She was very sweet and she’d make sacrifices for those who deserved it, even if it came at her expense.  Her sister was a vile human being, and as much as I loved that Emily did stand up to her most of the time, there were some times that she didn’t and during those times, she did come across as a bit of a doormat.  If anyone deserved to be bitch-slapped, it was her sister.  But when she confronted Hunter about how he hurt her in high school, she was absolutely magnificent.

“Never in a million years did I think you or anyone else for that matter would have to be threatened to take me out. I’m actually a pretty nice person who’s fun to be around.”

FORBIDDEN SEDUCTION is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  Although, as I said above, it is connected to another series and if you haven’t read that other series, you might feel a little lost a few times throughout this story.  It’s a fairly quick read and a good way to spend a few spare hours, and I already have the third book waiting on my Kindle.

Forbidden Seduction (Lee County Wolves # 2)

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Lee County Wolves Series

Steel Ridge: The Beginning (Steel Ridge #1)

By Kelsey Browning

Synopsis

PREQUEL

Four Determined Brothers ~ One Broken Town ~ A Mountain of Secrets

The Steele brothers have a problem.

A big one.

In his own way, each is slowly dying inside.

Grif is jaded.

Reid is unsettled.

Britt is restless.

Jonah is bored.

But what none of them realize is their loyalty to their hometown will force them to decide between the life they each thought they wanted and a love they can’t live without.

In The Beginning, the Steele brothers go all-in to save their small-town from bankruptcy, and readers will catch their first glimpse of Grif and Carlie Beth, Reid and Brynne, and Britt and Miranda. And let’s not forget the baby brother billionaire, Jonah, who has secrets of his own.

The Beginning is a 10,000-word prequel to the Steele Ridge series, including full-length titles Going Hard, Living Fast, and Loving Deep. 

Review

Steele Ridge  is a prequel novel for the entire Steel Ridge series.

The story is very fast flowing and at times I became a little confused.   You get to quickly meet a few of the women who are going to form romantic relationships with the brothers.

The Steele brothers also have two sisters and one is a twin and I  am very intrigued with their secrets.  It must have been interesting growing up with four overbearing brothers.  Their mother made an immediate impact on me with her love of her sons.

Griff is the first brother to have a story and I am looking forward to reading his romantic reunion story.

One of the brothers I really loved was Jonah and how he wanted to save the town.  It is going to be interesting to following the whole story of Steele Ridge.

This prequel just gives you enough to want to buy the next book in the Steele Ridge series being  Going Hard.

Steele Ridge: The Beginning

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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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The Holidays Series

Mating Bite (Bite # 2)

By Cynthia Eden

Synopsis

Werewolf Carter Sinclair is on the hunt. He’s tracking a newly turned vamp, a beauty with bite named Lauren McIntosh. Hunting her is the easy part. After all, no one can hide from a wolf. But once Carter gets the vamp in his arms, his easy mission suddenly goes straight to hell.

One taste, one bite that should never have happened…and Carter is hooked—mind, body, soul. Nature has plans for him and Lauren. They’re to be mates, but there is a vicious vamp waiting in the dark—a killer who has already claimed Lauren as his.

Now Carter has a new mission—keep Lauren safe at all costs. Make her fall for him. And hide all of the very dark and dangerous secrets that fill his closet. He needs Lauren to trust him, he needs her to stay with him, and the last thing he wants is for Lauren to know just how deeply he’s already betrayed her. What she never knows can’t hurt her, right?

Their mating is forbidden, but Carter is about to break every werewolf and vamp rule out there in order to claim Lauren. And those fools who try to get in his way will find out just how deadly his beast can truly be…because there is no one in the world more important to a wolf…than his mate.

Review

MATING BITE was an enjoyable and quick read, but it is pretty similar to FORBIDDEN BITE, in that we have a male vampire hiring a werewolf to track down a female vampire, for reasons other than what is claimed.  In this case, Carter is hired to track down newly-turned vampire, Lauren, and return her to her maker and “mate”.

Rule Five: Mating is forever. If you don’t believe that, try taking away a wolf’s mate. See how well that shit works for you.

Because it’s a novella, it is a fairly quick read, so I can’t say much about Carter and Lauren other than I liked them.  I loved how protective Carter was of Lauren, and I really felt for her when she explained how she was turned against her will, the fear she felt as she was being murdered, and the fear of losing her humanity.  I did struggle to understand her reason behind the conflict, but it all worked out in the end.

MATING BITE is told mostly in Carter and Lauren’s POVs, but is also occasionally told in the POV of other characters.  It comes with a HEA for Carter and Lauren, and with the introduction of two new characters (Natalie and Riley), I wonder if there’ll be another book or two in the future.  I hope there will be because I want to read them.

Mating Bite (Bite # 2)

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Bite Series

Breaching The Contract (Conflict Of Interest # 1)

By Chantal Fernando

Synopsis

Katerina Dawson knows exactly what she wants from life. And as the new associate at the top law firm in the city, she’s ready to live out her dreams of becoming a criminal lawyer. But going on coffee runs and babysitting kids during the day was definitely not what she had in mind. She knows that anyone else would kill to be in her shoes, but she has to draw the line somewhere. That’s easier said than done, though, when Kat has to confront her handsome boss…

Tristan Channing and Jaxon Bentley run a successful law firm together and the two partners couldn’t be busier right now. When Jaxon suddenly takes a leave of absence, Tristan begrudgingly assumes responsibility of the new associate, the hot new associate, who has curves for days. Needing to keep his distance from her, Tristan sends Kat on needless errands and has her doing work even an intern wouldn’t touch, like picking up his kids. But his plan backfires when he sees his children grow attached to Kat and sees her getting comfortable in his home. It triggers something deep within him, and it feels right to have her there. Will Tristan be able to keep his work and personal lives separate, or will he find that his heart holds the final verdict?

Review

BREACHING THE CONTRACT was a quick and enjoyable read, and the first book I’ve read from Chantal Fernando.  That being said, it is a novella, so it moves really fast and there isn’t much depth to the story or its characters.  The story could have benefited from being fleshed out, especially in regards to the two big reveals made towards the end.  They had the potential to really bring out your emotions, but because they were skimmed over, it was hard to feel much of anything at all.  Also, while this story revolves around two lawyers who work at the same firm, you won’t see any legal action, so if you are hoping to see some legal battles, you will be disappointed.

BREACHING THE CONTRACT is told in Kat’s POV, with the epilogue being told in Tristan’s POV, and it comes with a happy ending for Tristan and Kat.  It is the first book in a new series, but it can be read as a stand-alone as each book in the series will be about another couple.  From the looks of it, the next book will be a full-length novel and because of that, I would be interested in reading it.

Breaching The Contract (Conflict Of Interest # 1)

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Conflict Of Interest Series

The Cinderella Fantasy (Playing The Princess # 1)

By Sara Jane Stone

Synopsis

A princess who has lost her faith in love . . .

Lucy Linden’s prince charming (a.k.a. her fiancé) disappeared three months before the Big Day. Determined to pick up the pieces, she dives into the world of online dating. But the only men interested in a woman whose day job involves playing Cinderella leave Lucy looking for an exit strategy before the main course. And the man rushing to her rescue isn’t the solution to her problems. Jared is a walking, talking fantasy—if Lucy’s daydreams began and ended in the bedroom. No one would ever mistake South Florida’s bored billionaire bachelor for a long-term prince.

A man willing to risk everything to prove he’s her prince . . .

Jared Mitchell pushes the limits, in the boardroom and in bed. When his best friend and business partner’s little sister sends up red distress flares, he’s thrust into the role of pseudo-big brother. He’s never had a thing for Cinderella. But now he’s fighting his desire to make the princess his—even if he has to risk his empire to deliver her happy-ever-after ending.

Review

I picked up THE CINDERELLA FANTASY because I was after a quick and lighthearted read, and that’s exactly what I got.  I liked it enough, but after I finish this review, I will probably never think about it again.

My biggest dislikes were the excessive number of fairytale/fireworks/magic references made throughout the story, and that the ending comes up on you really fast.

My biggest likes were that Jared was upfront with Lucy’s brother about his feelings for her, and her brother was supportive of their relationship.  Usually these relationships are kept hidden from the brother and it never ends well, so it was refreshing to see it play out this way and that everyone could be a grown up about it.

THE CINDERELLA FANTASY is told in dual POVs and comes with a happy ending for Jared and Lucy.  It appears to be the beginning of a new series, one that sounds like it will follow Lucy and her two princess-playing best friends as they find love.  If you like sibling’s-best-friend romances and novellas, THE CINDERELLA FANTASY will be right up your alley.

The Cinderella Fantasy (Playing The Princess # 1)

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Her Billionaire Bosses: A Menage Romance

By Samantha Twinn

Synopsis

My bosses like to share everything and now they’ve set their sights on me…

I love my job and am good at what I do. I’m on the cusp of reaching my dreams, but when my path literally collides with my bosses, everything changes.

Leo and Asher are titans of industry, but I have something they need.

When they offer me a job to work on a special project, I know it’s the break I’ve been waiting for, but I’m nervous. I’ve heard the rumors about them. They do everything together…in the office and in the bedroom.

They’re magnetic; gorgeous, intelligent, powerful. Everything I’ve ever wanted in a man, times two.

I’ve worked hard to build what I have so I’m determined to keep things strictly professional, but with every look, every stray touch, I fall a deeper under their spell.

And I know if I give them everything they want I’m going to risk everything I have.

Review

HER BILLIONAIRE BOSSES is a quick read that involves Leo and Asher, two long-time friends and business partners, who like to share women and the next woman they set their sights on is Rose, their employee.

HER BILLIONAIRE BOSSES was an ok read, but not one I’d feel inclined to read again.  The threesome scenes were definitely hot, but there were only a handful of them, if that.  The relationship, from beginning to conflict to resolution to end, was predictable and has been done before.  However, the suspense side of the story towards the end was unexpected.

HER BILLIONAIRE BOSSES is told in the POV of all three main characters and is a stand-alone.

Her Billionaire Bosses: A Menage Romance

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UnPlanned

By M. Piper

Synopsis

I’m Lincoln West.

First sibling of three, and the other two couldn’t be any more opposite of me.
Single father extraordinaire to the coolest kid on the face of the earth, and I have parents that think the world of my son.
I’m a family guy. At twenty-two, I’ve embraced my fate as a lifetime member of the uncool single dad club. It’s the Lincoln and Carter show…until I meet Wren. That’s when everything changes. And I mean everything. More laundry in the machine, a third toothbrush at the bathroom sink, Cosmopolitan magazine next to the bed. More importantly, a home that feels full.

Complete.

Wren’s the beauty in my ugly days. She’s full of life, and talent, and she’s the exact mother figure my son needs. It’s surprising because she’s the daughter of two very shitty people. Pardon my French. Two people who taught her to hate herself because she didn’t follow their plan for her. Two people that drop a hell of a bomb on us. Right when we think the world’s stopped pitting against us, her family proves us wrong.

Now we’re out to prove that even though unplanned, our unconventional life is absolutely perfect.

Review

I stumbled across UNPLANNED because of its hot cover and, after reading the blurb, I quickly added it to my Kindle.

I liked Lincoln; he’s a great father to Carter, a good brother to his siblings, and a good son to his parents.  He’s a hard worker and cares deeply about the family business.  The only time I didn’t like him was when he confessed to sleeping with dozens of women in college without protection.  There’s a big difference between being wild and being grossly irresponsible.  I also liked Wren; she’s is a nice girl who has been dealt with the most awful family.  What they’ve put her through is truly terrible and your heart will break for her with how far they’re willing to go to protect their way of life.

I liked the characters and the story, but the telling of the story was a bit of a letdown.  I came across quite a few mistakes and inconsistencies that I can’t believe were missed by the editor and beta readers.  Several scenes didn’t flow very well and/or weren’t descriptive enough to explain how a character got from Point A to Point B.  Instead of ending the story with the HEA for Lincoln and Wren, it ended with Wren having an important discussion with her sister, which I thought was not the best place to put that scene.  I predicted the twist very early on in the story, and I’m not sure if it was supposed to be that way or if it was supposed to be a big surprise.  However, I must say that it was a very interesting twist and that the author did a great job in making that particular scenario believable.

UNPLANNED is told in dual POVs and comes with a HEA for Lincoln and Wren.  Their siblings are all single, so maybe they’ll get stories at some point, but at this stage, UNPLANNED is a stand-alone.

UnPlanned

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