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Steel

By Chiah Wilder

Steel

Synopsis

A fierce and feared warrior. His name is Steel, and he’s President of the Night Rebels MC. Part Navajo, part Irish, Steel is a respected leader of his brotherhood. With his tatted muscular body, ebony hair, and green eyes, he is a magnet to women. Never turning away a sexy body, he indulges in casual sex, but nothing more.

For him, defending his brotherhood and protecting his teenage daughter are foremost. Falling in love and being in a long term relationship don’t even make it on his list. He gave his heart to a woman when he was young and weak, but now he’s strong and has no room in his heart for love.

Then he meets his daughter’s social worker. His attraction to her is intense. Desire flares through him, and he’s drawn to her in a way that angers him. He doesn’t have time for a woman, but he can’t get the feisty, spirited caseworker out of his mind.
He wants to run his callused fingers through her hair.

He wants to crush his mouth to hers

He wants to devour her.

But she resists him. No woman has ever resisted him.

When he looks into her eyes, he sees the depths of sorrow and a spark of passion. She’s touched him. He’s never wanted a woman as much as he wants her.
And he always gets what he wants…no matter what.

From the moment Breanna Quine laid eyes on the rugged biker, her body betrayed her. And when she spotted the outlaw’s MC patch on his leather jacket, her blood turned to ice.

Hating bikers since her father gave up his family for the brotherhood, Breanna swore to never be around them again. Then the captivating Night Rebels President’s blazing, green-eyed gaze catches hers, and she is drawn to him like a moth is to fire.

But she can’t let herself fall for him, no matter how much her body buzzes whenever she is near him. As hard as she tries to fight her attraction to the dark, dangerous man, her resistance is weakening. Then when she sees his tenderness toward his daughter, it melts her heart. She has to keep reminding herself that he’s not only a biker, but he’s the worst kind—an outlaw.

Steel has his hands full trying to figure out who is supplying drugs to the teens of Alina, Colorado. Time is running out for him as danger comes knocking at his door threatening to destroy his family and the woman whom he has vowed to make his own.

Can two independent people put their past behind them in order to come together? Will they fight for love against the shadows and the danger that lurks all around them, threatening to destroy them forever?

Review

Steel is a fast paced mystery MC story with some romance but it left me wanting more from these two main characters in the romantic emotional sense.  I actually would have enjoyed this more without the storyline of her brother as I felt both of the two main characters had so much going on in their lives that the romantic journey took second place.

Breanna and Steel’s chemistry I did not feel until around the 30% mark as I felt there were many storylines lines for characters introduced into the book.

The mystery of the Candyman was well done in that for one I did not guess him until the big reveal and that I had thought two other characters were the Candyman so that was well hidden.

I really despised Breanna’s brother and Steel’s daughters storyline was incredibly sad and a tough journey At times.

The angle of the reservation was different but I did feel at times the story did not flow and I admit to reading over some of the mc drama as I wanted to get back to the romance of Steel and Breanna’s.

Two moments that did not flow for me was the altercation between Steel and Breanna’s when he pushed her down through her front door and then also their declaration of love, I did not feel it at that time. When her brother ransacked her house and there was no follow up perhaps with Steel understanding the drama she was dealing with her brother would have perhaps combined their stories of drama and drugs.

To me these two characters had such dramatic personal stories with so much heartache that their love story came in second but the ending does give them a HEA.

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Hiders (Canaan Island #3)

By Meg Collett

Hiders

Synopsis

Violet Relend is called the Ghost of Canaan Island because of her white hair and eerie eyes.

Though they mock her, Violet helps the citizens of Canaan with her family’s dwindling fortune. When she purchases a prosthetic for Arie Mendoza, a wounded soldier fresh from war, he insists on paying her back.

Wanting only to be left alone, Violet gives Arie a list of twelve impossible tasks. As she reluctantly gets to know him, the grip her fears and anxieties have on her loosens—until a developer threatens to have her crumbling, cliff-side house condemned. Violet will need more than Arie’s help to save her home. The entire town will have to rally around their Ghost.

If Violet doesn’t move fast enough, the walls of her carefully constructed life will fall in around her and drag her into the ocean’s depths.

This book is recommended for mature readers due to some sexual content and language. Each book in the Canaan Island series can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Review

Hiders was such a surprising read, this was my favourite of the whole three books as it had such depth with the characters Arie and Violet. I knew Violets story would be hard but it was distressing at many times and Violet is so alone and it just broke my heart.

Arie and Violet had so many hurdles to overcome and can I say her list she prepared to move on  was such a smart move by the author as you would not have seen Violet do it any other way. Violet was such a strong and independent character who on one hand was incredibly stubborn but then so fragile.

Can I say again the one character that stands out in all three books to me is simply Stevie – she has such humour and an ability to envelope people into her inner circle.

The ending was a real surprise, it is not the sweet and nicely tied up HEA and upon reflecting it was perfect for these two souls, they were never going to have the easy ending that Kyra & Hale and Stevie & Cade got. These two characters had so much to prove and fight for – beautiful right to the end.

Quote: She lived her life alone for a reason. If she let no one in, no one could leave.

Hiders (Canaan Island #3)

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Between Heaven and Hell

By Erin Trejo

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Synopsis

Cordae “Demon” Vitale.
People feared me. They respected me.
I was the Boss of the Vitale family at twenty-two.
One of the youngest in history.
I ran my business exceptionally.
My emotions were never part of this life.
Ava made me realize that there was more to life than what I had.
She pushed me to limits I didn’t think I could go to.
At the end of the day, I was forced between heaven and hell.
Much like the rest of my life, I was teetering on that fine line in between.

Losing something that means a lot to you, can change a person.
It changed me.
I will travel to the ends of the earth to get back that one thing that meant the most to me.
I will destroy everyone in my path to make that happen.

Review

Heaven and Hell, Cord and Ava are light and dark. I really enjoyed the Mafia story however I did find part 1 of this jumped quickly and I did not overly feel their connection, physically yes but not emotionally. Sections of this story were not fully explained, Ava’s parents, Daniel being warned off, why did he do that and then not monitor her if he was interested and then to just happen upon her at the clinic. He then says he knows all about her?

I easily followed Ava and her emotional connection to Amelia but with Cord I did not and then with the ending of part 1, his actions did not make sense because I had not believed he even barely interacted with Amelia for him to feel his loss and heartbreak, I can understand the anger but that was because he was the boss and he was taken by surprise.

Now onto Park 2 – this is where the story just blew it out of the park, I thought the pacing action of the underlying Mafia story was perfect and then it was like a light was switched on and I could understand and feel Cord through the writing, I just wish this had happened in Park 1, although Amelia’s part was sad it did not overly upset me as she was really barely in the story line apart from a few odd paragraphs. It would have been better to see more regular interactions between those two characters to see a build-up of affection and acceptance with each other to then understand the devastation. I know I keep harping on about Amelia but I do believe she was a pivotal  character to Cord’s make up as a man and his emotional wellbeing and it was the start of him unravelling his cold demeanour and perhaps dreaming of having a family and being worthy of love.

I was surprised and excited with the new character in part 2 in Italy, however again would have loved to have seen a more detailed conversation between Cord and Ava on those lost years – I wanted to know more!

The sex scenes between Cord and Ava were very enjoyable. Ava was just a lovely character, I also would have liked to have known more about her family in part 1 as it was just fast forwarded over her and also perhaps a couple of chapters on her relationship with Gambino would have tied things together. I would have liked to have seen Daniel and Cord early on having that conversation where Cord told him to never see Ava again instead of just hearing it second hand from Cord in a conversation with one of his men. Was Daniel with Ava because her father was the Mayor? Was there a gentleman’s agreement to date his daughter? Her mother too, never saw her then she was another storyline?

I am wondering whether this would have flowed better with perhaps Ava having some POV chapters at critical moments in their relationship – particularly in Italy, with Amelia, her own family and also Daniel.

An enjoyable Mafia story, I really did love these two main characters and Cord definitely had moments of pure darkness then Ava would show him the light and give him hope.

Favourite Quote:  “It means my beautiful girl.” Ava smiles and the rest of the world ceases  to exist. In this moment, she is the girl that brought light into my soul.

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Keepers (Canaan Island #2)

By Meg Collett

Synopsis

Stevie Reynolds was a buzz-worthy reality star before moving to Canaan Island to escape Los Angeles and her fame-hungry parents. But not all her demons, like her penchant for wine and bad decisions, are escapable.

Completely broke and fresh out of rehab after her DUI, Stevie gets an offer from her hotshot LA ex to star in his home renovation show with Canaan’s favorite son, Cade Cooper. Stevie returns to the reality business for Cade, who’s relying on the show to help pay for his mother’s cancer treatments.

Stevie refuses to break Cade’s sensitive heart, but she can’t keep herself from falling for his kind smile and easy laugh. When the producers push her to risk her shaky sobriety and Cade’s credibility for the sake of ratings, Stevie is ready to quit—until her ex threatens to reveal an intimate secret from her past.

If her secret is leaked, Stevie will lose everything she loves on Canaan Island, including Cade.

(Each book in the Canaan Island series can be read as a stand-alone)

Review

In my opinion you need to read this series in order to fully appreciate the wonderful female characters that Meg Collett delivers in the Canaan Island Series.

Stevie in Keepers was brilliant, her desire for a second chance at not only love but her life was a journey I was looking forward to.  Meeting Stevie in Fakers (Canaan Island #1) which was Kyra’s story well I believe Stevie still shone brightly and you just knew her story would be hard but rewarding.

This story is fast paced and centres around a TV show which provides for some drama and intense moments and Stevie knows how to work the environment from her growing up in the TV world.

Keepers gives your an action packed ending and I was on the edge of my seat wondering  who would have Stevie’s back, would she find love and would her friends stand by her?

Cade, well what can I say, he was a beautiful character in Fakers and he did not disappoint in Keepers and I was surprised how strong a man he really was, he definitely stepped up and was the man that Stevie needed.  Their sex scenes were hot and passionate and the physical attraction between the two was really well written.

I cannot wait to see what is in store for these two and can I say I was so happy to see how Kyra and Hale were continuing on in their relationship and I did do a happy dance at the end.

Now onto book 3 which is Violet’s story, we briefly met her in Fakers but she played a bigger part in Stevie’s success at love in Keepers.  I am simply beside myself to know all about Violet as she is an intriguing character with so much mystery, her physical secrets along with her family history on the Island.  Will Cade and Hale help her to save and repair her beautiful home?

This whole series in my opinion would make an amazing TV Show including all the characters from the town and the street where Stevie and Kyra live – one can dream!

Keepers (Canaan Island #2)

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Fakers (Canaan Island #1)

By Meg Collett

Synopsis

Kyra Aberdeen is a YouTube sensation. Her bubbling personality and fresh beauty capture her audience each week, but they don’t know the truth-she’s just faking it. Beneath the surface of light-hearted smiles is a simmering darkness threatening to pull Kyra under.

When Kyra moves to Canaan Island and buys her deceased mother’s childhood home, she hopes to confront the lurking shadows haunting her every step. But when she meets her grumpy contractor, even her best-laid plans start to unravel.

Hale Cooper is as brutally honest as he is intriguing. He hates fakers, and isn’t afraid to call Kyra on her false personality. Yet, she is drawn to him, and the unexpected attraction to a man who challenges her to be her true self lands her in unchartered waters.

But if she lowers her guard and allows herself to be honest with Hale, will the darkness creep in too?

*This book is recommended for mature readers due to some sexual content and language. Cutting is represented in this book, and scenes may be considered triggering to some.*

Review

Fakers has one of the best group of characters I have read in a long time and I can honestly say this story is more than just Kyra and Hale, it has Stevie and Cade along with all the eccentric residents of Canaan Island.

Upon finishing Fakers I immediately downloaded book 2 Keepers which is Stevie’s story.

As I began highlighting favourite paragraphs because they touched my soul and gave me tingles it told me I am reading a beautiful love story and Faker’s did not disappoint.

The friendship between Stevie and Kyra was beautiful as was Kyra’s story of finding her home and a connection to her mother.  Kyra’s background story with her grandmother and mother is heartbreaking but also immensely gripping and it is not finished – what is in her mother’s diary? Will her grandmother give Kyra’s mother a beautiful gravesite with light and flowers?

One character who showed he is more than just alpha hotness is Hale, he stepped up at the end of this book and he is my hero.  The love, compassion and instinct in pushing Kyra to open up gives an amazing depth to this story.

I love the new covers of this series with the weatherboard houses.  Faker’s covers some deep and emotional issues, it is done with compassion however it has so many moments of humour and lightness that it does repair your heart.

I am in love with this story, it’s residents and it’s location, I cannot wait to start book 2!

Quote: “We just cope the best way we know how, but its not the best way, because it hurts us. So we have to learn a new way, a better way. Because we deserve the happiness we fake.”

Fakers (Canaan Island #1)

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A Harmless Little Plan (Harmless # 3)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

Turns out there was a second video from that awful night four years ago. Mine wasn’t the only tape.

Too bad mine wasn’t the worst.

Drew can’t protect me no matter how hard he tries, but the roles are flipped now. I have to help him, but I’m not wired that way. Not anymore. That one night changed me more than anyone knows.

More than anyone could predict.

Three men think they’re above the law. They’re right.

But I’m willing to go beneath the law to make sure they never harm anyone else. Their threats don’t scare me. 

When you have nothing left to lose because someone took it all away, you create the most dangerous creature imaginable.

Me.

Game over.

Review

After loving and quickly devouring the first two books in the Harmless trilogy, I’m sad to say that I found A HARMLESS LITTLE PLAN to be a little disappointing.  Why?  Because despite the happy-for-now ending, I felt there was no real closure in this story.  There are a lot of loose threads and unanswered questions, and I am not a fan of either of those things.

After finding out in the first book that Lindsay’s three friends lied to the police and media about her rape, we never heard about them again or found out why they turned against her.  What did they get out of it?  We never found out why Drew’s friends turned against him either.  Yes, they got money and fame, but what they did to Lindsay and Drew was so hateful and violent that there had to be more to it than just getting paid.  We do find out that people within the NSA, CIA and FBI all have their fingers in this scandalous pie, but we never heard about them being arrested.  Then I have to wonder, if the man pulling the strings was so well connected, why did he feel so threatened and why did he need to have Lindsay raped in the first place?  But then I guess if there’s no rape, there’s no story.  It was also mentioned that this same man may have been involved in the killing of Drew’s parents, and that someone high up (we don’t know where) targeted Drew because they think he’s a threat.  Both of these claims were never investigated and we didn’t find out if these claims were true.  These are just a handful of questions I was left with at the end of this book.  Will they be answered in another book or series, or will we be left hanging?

The first 50% of the book is where all the excitement lies.  After that, the book slows down a lot as we watch Lindsay and Drew heal from their ordeal.  I liked both Drew and Lindsay and was very glad to see them get their revenge and happy ending.  I was hoping to find just one redeeming quality in Lindsay’s mother, but by the end of this book I hated her as much as I did in the beginning of the series.  Throughout the series, I’ve alternated between liking and hating her father, and in the end I found him gutless.  He does love his daughter, but I think he loves his career more and will put it before her.

A HARMLESS LITTLE PLAN is told in dual POVs and is the final book in the Harmless trilogy, which cannot be read as stand-alones.  There is no epilogue, but it comes with a HFN ending.  Honestly, if all the loose threads had been taken care of, if nothing was left unresolved, this would have been a 5❤️ read for sure.

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

A Harmless Little Plan (Harmless #3)

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A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless # 2)

By Meli Raine

Synopsis

She has no idea what she’s doing. Loose cannons never hit their targets.
And they take out plenty of collateral damage.

Four years ago Lindsay experienced the unspeakable right before me, and I couldn’t stop them.
But that’s all changed now.

When her father, Senator Bosworth, contacted me to ask — demand — that I protect her, it was a second chance. A shot at redemption.
An opportunity to right an unspeakable wrong.

Controlling Lindsay as she seeks her revenge on the monsters who hurt her won’t be hard.
Containing my own out-of-control feelings for Lindsay and keeping up this ruse of cold-blooded distance will be.

Even harder than admitting to her what really happened that night four years ago.
It turns out I don’t have to, though.
Someone else did it for me.
And I’ll make sure they regret it.

Review

A HARMLESS LITTLE RUSE continues on from A HARMLESS LITTLE GAME, however in this part of the trilogy we are seeing the story from Drew’s POV.  Again, this review will be kind of vague because I can’t say anything without giving away spoilers.

At the end of book 1, Drew and Lindsay rekindled their relationship and appeared to be on the same page.  But in the beginning of this book, Lindsay does something that has him questioning her feelings and intentions.  While she spent most of the first book questioning whether she could trust him, now it’s his turn to question whether he can trust her.  They spend this book trying to heal old wounds while Drew works on his revenge plans against those who hurt them, but they always seem to be one step ahead of him, as proven by the cliffhanger we are left with.  I’m still not a fan of her parents, who seem to care more about the election than their only child, and I still don’t know who is friend or foe.

We learn more about what happened that night four years ago, and I honestly didn’t think I could hate those three monsters more, but I was wrong.  Despite the new information, all the questions I had from the first book remain unanswered, and I truly hope they will be answered in the next book.  This was another quick read that easily held my attention.

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A Harmless Little Ruse (Harmless # 2)

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Wolf’s Challenge (Stranger Creatures Book 1)

By Christina Lynn Lambert

Synopsis

Taking risks, especially risks of the handsome male variety, is currently out of the question for Sydney Reid. She will make no exceptions for tall, gorgeous Derrick Porter. Never date a player–it’s rule number one in Sydney’s book, and the charming lawyer constantly devouring her with his eyes is every inch the reason. Despite her best efforts to keep Derrick in the friend zone, sparks fly between the two of them, and Sydney isn’t entirely sure she wants to throw water on the flames.

Can Derrick convince the shy, sexy Sydney to give him a chance, something more than her elusive “maybe”? More importantly, should he? Derrick has a few secrets, the least shocking secret being that he can transform at will into a powerful wolf. He’s still trying to forgive himself for being at the wheel during the accident that killed his son. Losing Sydney when she learns the truth might break him, but he’s pretty sure not having her would be just as bad.

And with an obsessed stalker on their tails, more than their hearts are at issue.

Review

Wolf’s Challenge is a story of a wolf shifter that has lost a lot and woman who is learning to take back her life again.  It’s a carefully crafted tale of loss and courage.

Derrick is a wolf shifter and successful lawyer, is coming back to the world after losing his son in a horrible car accident while he was driving.  He has been going through the motions of life but not really engaging in it.  He joins a running group that is coached by his friend and then paired together with Sydney.

Sydney is recovering from two emotionally damaging relationships.  She is done with men for the moment.  Sydney definitely decides she does not need anymore players.  She decides that Derrick is a player so that definitely means that he is not for her.  But thanks to her friend Jack that she would join his running group is going to put her decision to swear off men to the test.

These two are attracted to each other but Sydney can’t see past her past to give Derrick a chance.  He is persistent because for the first time since the accident he has found someone that he has feelings for.  But there are other forces at work here and there is another person that is obsessed with Derrick that will do everything in her power to bring him down.

I enjoyed Wolf’s Challenge and got wrapped up in their struggle to get past the things that were haunting both of them.  They were both very insecure and had a hard time believing in each other.  The only thing that I was surprised by was that I was expecting a different resolution between Derrick and the person who was obsessed with him, though there was a major answer that was answered and he could move on, I just felt that I wanted there to be more of a confrontation.  But I loved the ending and to see the confidence that both Sydney and Derrick gain from each other.

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Knight Takes Queen (All or Nothing #3)

By C C Gibbs

Synopsis

Prolong the pleasure . . . the breathtaking final installment of the Knight trilogy has finally arrived

Katherine Hart has come a long way from the day she accepted a position as codebreaker for Knight Enterprises, glittering domain of playboy CEO Dominic Knight.

With his wicked reputation, nobody could have imagined Dominic Knight sated by just one woman . . . until green-eyed Katherine captured his sole fascination, and stirred his fiercest desire.

Now, newly pregnant with his child, Kate has never been so pampered, nor so very, very satisfied. But when tragedy strikes and Dominic and Kate are forced to reassess, the lovers must ask themselves if such pleasure is ultimately worth the pain.

Review

I really loved the series All or Nothing – Dominic and Katherine definitely are two characters that provide a simply erotic and highly emotional love story – just beautiful and what a journey we have been taken on – never a dull moment!

Out of all three books this is my favourite, the emotional tug of war these two characters go through in order to find their happy ever after is simply heart breaking.  I loved how Nana was brought into the story even more and her support for Katherine was lovely.

Dominic has some real hurdles to overcome and poor Katherine has to fight to have her dream and I did struggle with one scene where he locked themselves away for the “three week plan”, I actually did not like Dominic at this point in the book.

No matter how much money they have at the start of this book their happiness is taken from them in a most dreadful way and I was overcome with such emotion for Katherine.

I did find Dominic over the top over protective when it came to Katherine and her pregnancy but then some inner part of me remembers that is his way, Katherine is only 22 and so young.

I keep telling myself that Dominic is a very cynical character and then way he cocoons her into his life is a beautiful thing in the end and they do get their HEA.

Knight definitely takes his Queen and they give it All or Nothing to have their family – I was so happy for them.

Knight Takes Queen (All or Nothing #3)

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Bound by Vengeance (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #5)

By Cora Reilly

Synopsis

Growl
He’d never had something to himself, never even dared to dream about owning something so precious. He was the unwanted bastard son who’d always had to content himself with the leftovers of others. And now they’d given him what only a few weeks ago had been out of his reach, someone he wasn’t even allowed to admire from afar, one of their most prized possessions. Thrown at his feet because he was who he was, because they were certain he would break her. He was her punishment, a fate worse than death, a way to deliver the ultimate punishment to her father who had displeased them so greatly.

Cara
She had always been the good girl. It didn’t protect her.
She didn’t know his real name. People called him Growl to his face, and the Bastard behind his back. Both were names he couldn’t possibly have chosen for himself. His eyes were empty, a mirror to throw back her own fear at her. He was a brutal hand of the Las Vegas Camorra.
And now she was at his mercy.

Review

Love the Cover, it is totally Growl and he is one man that bursts from the pages of Bound by Vengeance.  This story to me was more about the relationship building between Growl and Cara and less about the Mafia struggles. I really enjoyed the change in directions and look forward though to the next story where we hopefully see how Growl and Cara develop in their relationship.

Cara was a stunning character with strength, resolve and an ability to adapt to her surroundings, I really savoured how her character changed so dramatically through this story. Her interaction with Growl’s dogs for me as a dog person was one of my favourite components of this story.

One thing that was strange to me was the fact I never saw them discuss or mention birth control, after six weeks of being together I really expected her to be pregnant, she was a virgin and very naive and protected and then they have sex, I cannot recall any mention of condoms or birth control like in the other Blood Mafia Chronicles.

Now onto the series, I love this whole group of books, I could easily follow how this story entwined into the two Mafia families especially New York and loved seeing Luca, Matteo and Romero at the end.

I did feel the story was slightly rushed towards the ending, I would have liked to have seen a bit more communication and interaction with the family in New York.

I do not normally comment on the odd editing errors but there are quite a few in the version of the book I purchased from Amazon, the first few did not bother me but then it actually became really evident like in every chapter which was a shame.

I really would love to see some babies start to appear from these couples, in particular Aria, Gianna and now Cara.

Quote: ‘How could you lose yourself if you never had the change to find yourself?’

Bound by Vengeance (Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles #5)

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