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The Serpent’s Kiss (The Hunter Chronicles #4)

By Claire Marta

Synopsis

Jasmine Hunter’s addiction for the vampire bite is swallowing her whole. Left with no other choice; she seeks out the Master Vampire of London to ease her pain.

But Asier Serpico has his own agenda. Dark, lethal, and intoxicating; he offers sweet seduction and even more—pleasure. He wants to take her pain—and her body—from the one she loves.

Can Jasmine resist Asier while fighting to prevent the impending disaster of a new drug wreaking havoc on the city streets….

…or will London fall?

Review

Jasmine has a problem in the beginning of The Serpent’s Kiss.  She is now addicted to a vampire’s bite.  She doesn’t want to ask for Eric’s help so she turns to the only other master vampire in London, Asier. Asier can’t believe that Eric would ever let her go.  But he can’t say he’s sorry about it either.

Again Claire Marta takes us on a journey.  She threw another twist at us.  Jasmine really doesn’t know Asier.  He seems to have his own code that he lives by.  Jasmine needs help and Asier is more than willing to give it at a price.

There is also a mysterious drug that is killing humans. It seems to be connected to Asier’s club but he doesn’t know about it.  So Jasmine’s team is spending a lot more time in Liquor and Lust which means that Jasmine’s  secret might get out.

I liked Asier’s character.  He has a mix of good and bad guy that is very attractive even though my heart still belongs to Eric.  I also liked Asier’s right hand vampire, Kane.

Again Claire has a way of bringing this world to life.  I really see jasmine’s confusion about both men.  I do wish that we got to see more of Eric in this story, but I can also see that this series is really about Jasmine to this point.  I almost felt like it’s the devil you know versus this mysterious guy that once you get to know may surprise you.

The Serpent’s Kiss

My Rating:  5 Hearts

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Lucky (No Prisoners MC #4)

By Lilly Atlas

Synopsis

After six months caring for her terminally ill mother, Kori is shocked to learn the identity of her father. Armed with the name of a man she’s never met, Kori sets off across the country to meet the person responsible for half of her DNA: the President of the No Prisoners Las Vegas motorcycle club.

Raised as the stepdaughter of an MC member, Kori has one rule when it comes to dating: no bikers. Following that rule becomes a challenge, however, when she meets Lucky, a member of her father’s club.

Lucky’s perspective on the dating world is don’t do it. He has a revolving door to his bedroom and no interest in a relationship. But what starts as harmless flirting quickly escalates until he can’t get Kori out of his mind.

For a time, the relationship seems perfect, but Lucky is struggling with a secret that could destroy the club. How can he move against club leadership knowing that Kori will be caught in the crossfire?

Review

Lucky is another solid story in the No Prisoners MC Romance Series and is now my favorite due in part to Kori.

Kori was an amazing character, I loved her emotion and strength and then to be treated the way she was by her father I was devastated for her.  When she had to stand up and protect Lucky I had to walk away from the story I was so emotional and scared for her.

The underlying drama story definitely keeps you on your toes.  Lucky had some demons to overcome when the realization of what Kori did to keep him safe.   I was surprised at his ability to walk away from Kori for a month at the MC Club.

It was great to return to see how all the No Prisoner members and their partners and how their lives were progressing.

I love the cover of this story and the flow kept me engaged to the end.

Lucky (No Prisoners MC #4)

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Wicked Favor (Wicked Horse Vegas # 1)

By Sawyer Bennett

Synopsis

As the owner of The Wicked Horse, an elite sex club located along the Vegas Strip, Jerico Jameson never spends the night alone. Gorgeous, ripped, and totally alpha, Jerico doesn’t grant favors and will rarely give you the time of day—unless he wants you in his bed. So when the sister of his sworn enemy shows up asking for help, saying no should be easy. But when Jerico takes one look at her and sees an opportunity to help this beautiful woman while exacting revenge on her brother, he’s not about to pass that up.

Beaten and bruised, Trista Barnes is running out of options, and Jerico is her last chance to get out of the mess she’s in. She doesn’t know why Jerico despises her brother so much, but as long as he can help her, she doesn’t care. Jerico offers her safety while opening her up to a sinful world she never knew existed.

As she succumbs to Jerico’s erotic charm, Trista lets herself fall into the wicked world of guilt free pleasure with no regrets. Under his strong alpha hand, she blooms, and so does Jerico’s possessiveness. But what happens when Trista finds out she was a pawn in Jerico’s game all along, and that the price for his favor was steeper than she ever imagined – her heart.

Review

WICKED FAVOR is the first book in the Wicked Horse Vegas series, which is a spin-off of the Wicked Horse series set in Wyoming.  I should point out that you do not need to read the previous series before delving into—and enjoying—the Vegas series.  I know this is only the first book, but I got the impression this series will stand on its own.

I liked Jerico, and I think a lot of readers will too.  He’s a take-charge and generous man, not to mention he’s really hot and great in bed…and anywhere else he wants to have sex.  That being said, some readers might have a problem with his desire to exact his revenge on Trista’s brother by shaming Trista’s sexuality.  Yes, you find out his reasons behind it and you know he won’t go through with it, but it still might be a little hard for some readers to take.  But in the end, you can’t help falling for a man who finally realizes that the love of a good woman is more important than revenge.

I really liked Trista, who is a lot like Jerico in that she’s very nice and generous, and is not afraid to go after what she wants.  Her siblings are awful people, but her mother and her niece are worth all the sacrifices she makes for them.  I also liked that she stood up for herself whenever Jerico said or did something insulting, and how she didn’t wait for him to come to her for forgiveness.  Instead, she sought him out after she had some time to calm down and was ready to hear the whole story.  There were no games with Trista.  What you saw was what you got.

The sex in WICKED FAVOR is hot, but if you’re after hard-core sex scenes, you won’t find them here; Jerico is into light kink, but not anything BDSM related.  I will say that the conflict was predictable as soon as Jerico hatched his plan, but then I don’t think it was supposed to be all that hard to figure out.  The twist with Trista’s loan shark though was good and I didn’t see it coming at all.  WICKED FAVOR is told in dual POVs and comes with a very lovely and very sweet HEA for Jerico and Trista.

Wicked Favor (Wicked Horse Vegas # 1)

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No Good Deed

By Susanne Matthews

Synopsis

Escaping from her abusive fiancé, Alexa O’Brien pulls into a gas station only to walk in on an execution. She’s in protective custody until she can identify Nicoli Zabat, Montreal’s mob boss, at his trial. But her safe house has been compromised, setting in motion a dangerous cat-and-mouse game.

Lieutenant Mike Delorme on the Sûreté Du Québec has spent the last eighteen months undercover in narcotics to take down Zabat, the man he blames for the death of his wife and unborn child. He doesn’t have the interest or patience to babysit a woman whose memory isn’t clear—but he’ll carry out his assignment to show the brass he’s a team player.

As Mike and Alexa dodge danger, it appears she’s in deeper than merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When the mafia hit she witnessed is revealed to be just the tip of an international terrorist’s plot, they must rely on each other to survive—but only if they can learn to trust their instincts and let love map out their next move.

Review

In No Good Deed, Alexa needs to escape her fiancé!  She has everything planned out and her fiancé has left the country.  So now is the time to go.  Unfortunately a snow storm started and then she was a witness to a brutal crime that left her injured and having to relearn how to do basic things. If she had left well enough alone when she realized things weren’t right then she would have never found herself in this situation.

Alexa goes into witness protection, where she finds herself isolated and alone. But free from her fiancé.  When her handler is found dead, Mike steps in for babysitting duty.  He is instantly put on alert because he knows something is wrong.

I really like Alexa.  She has a very endearing quality to her.  She feels compelled to do the right thing.  After she meets Mike and it looks like something is definitely not right, Alexa realizes that she can’t control every situation but she wants to be a part of the equation.

Mike is really thrown off by Alexa.  He really wants to protect her.  But memories of his past keep coming up and he wonders if there is more to this mystery.

This is a good mystery/thriller,  but I wouldn’t say that there was enough chemistry between the main characters to call it a romance.  Alexa was a likable character but I wondered how she didn’t know something was not right about her situation.  I didn’t care much for Mike in the beginning but he grew on me.  The story lost some energy in the middle of the book and didn’t pick back up till the end. I did find myself caring about these characters though and wanted to find out how the story played out.

No Good Deed

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Sapphire

By J A Low

Synopsis

An unconventional love is tested to its limits in this completely immersive dark ménage suspense, for fans of JL Perry and Pepper Winters.

Mateo is used to being in the spotlight, he craves it in everything he does . . . except when it comes to his love life – that is firmly in the closet.

Tomas shuns the spotlight, the one he was born into, he wants nothing to do with it or his high-flying family who now reject him for his choices in love.

But Tomas’ and Mateo’s carefully constructed lives are turned inside out when they discover a beautiful, battered woman on their doorstep. The woman with the sapphire eyes has no memory of who she is or how she got there. Can they help her remember before the men who are after her find her first?

The first standalone book in the BRATVA JEWELS series from the author of the DIRTY TEXAS books, JA Low. 

Review

Sapphire is an incredibly dark, dangerous and highly emotional read.   You are given some very intense and brutal scenes surrounding women that even I struggled with at times.

The menage scenes between Tomas, Mateo and Sapphire were very erotic however still held such warmth and emotion.  All three characters connection was built up at a slow and sensual pace.  I, therefore thoroughly enjoyed the time they spent together in their home.

The mystery surrounding Sapphire at the beginning of the story jumps times at the right places and you are in for a very wild ride.

The Bratva story is simply heartbreaking and will at times be hard to stomach but this is a dark romance.

Sapphire although a standalone concluded with the introduction of the next story’s dramatic turn of events for two supporting characters.

Sapphire

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The King (Masterpiece Duet #1)

By Skye Warren

Synopsis

The highest stakes…

My father gambles every night, falling deeper and deeper into debt. When he hits the bottom, he places a new bet: his daughter. I’m his entry bet to the biggest underground poker game.

Every kind of danger circles the velvet-covered table, but only one man makes me tremble.

A trailer park princess.

The son of a criminal king.

We don’t belong together, but I’m caught in a twisted game.

His eyes meet mine with dark promise. And when he puts down his cards, I know I’m going to lose more than my body. I’m going to lose everything.

Review

The King takes us back to where The Endgame series took place and I loved the other perspective. It was also great to see Avery and Gabriel again.  I highly recommend you read that series first to understand all these characters.

I went straight to part 2 of the story as the first half is actually The Prince (Masterpiece Duet #0.5) so I finished this in record time and cannot wait for The Queen.

The King centered for me more around Penny and how Damon’s dark world affects her, it was tragic and so suspenseful even though if you had read The Endgame you knew something bad was going to happen.

Penny is an outstanding character, she is smart, resourceful and caring for her father although I felt such hatred for him at how she grew up. I am thankful for how the author gave respect to Damon and how she portrayed their relationship due to their age difference.

Devastated is how I feel at the ending with so much hurt in my heart and I cannot wait to read how these two characters find light in their incredibility dark life. I wish for love and family for them as they did not have it as children and I want that for them as adults.

The King (Masterpiece Duet #1)

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Trixsters Anonymous

By Ahren Sanders

Synopsis

Sassy, dramatic, hot-headed are just some of the words used to describe me since the time I was born. A few little mishaps growing up and my mom has a running ‘Emerson Baker’ prayer circle, and I have the reputation of a spit-fire that won’t go away.

I prefer the terms loyal, passionate, fiery, and possibly a bit impulsive.

So when my best friend proposes the concept of starting our own business, I jump on the idea.

CHEATERS BEWARE!

That should be our motto… because your secrets can’t stay hidden for long with Trixsters Anonymous on the case.

We are the moonlighting duo hell-bent on helping those who suspect their lovers are cheating. We’re professional, careful, and completely anonymous…What could possibly go wrong?

Walker Scott… that’s what goes wrong.

I never stood a chance against the gorgeous, hazel-eyed, fiercely determined man who storms into my life and completely blindsides me.
He’s the proof that opposites attract—and when they do, the chemistry is explosive.
Did I mention he’s also a detective? A very, very, talented detective?

Pretty soon being a Trixster is a lot more complicated.

Review

TRIXSTERS ANONYMOUS is the first book of Ahren Sanders I’ve read and I won’t lie, it was the cover that drew me in.  So hot!!!

I quite liked Emi, who is smart, funny and friendly.  Despite the blurb and how she was described in the book, I really didn’t find her over-dramatic at all.  Instead I thought she was a force to be reckoned with, and in a good way.  Thanks mainly to Emi and her BFF, Maren, there’s plenty of humor in the story, and I absolutely loved the aliases they gave each other when they were on their stakeouts.  When trying to catch cheaters, they did put themselves in risky situations, but they were smart and tried to go into every situation with all their bases covered.  It didn’t always work, but at no point did I think they were too stupid to live.  The only thing about her that disappointed me was that she turned into a weeping mess with Walker, which was a huge about-face from her otherwise strong personality.

I might be in the minority here, but I wasn’t a big fan of Walker.  I liked that he knew early on that Emi was someone special; someone he knew he’d happily spend the rest of his life with.  What I didn’t like about him was how controlling he was, and there’s really no other word to describe him.  When a woman can’t even leave town for a weekend with her girlfriends without her boyfriend freaking out, tracking down her location and joining her without her permission, something’s not right.  Some women might find his behavior swoon-worthy, but I honestly found his possessive caveman routine more disturbing than alpha.

TRIXSTERS ANONYMOUS is told in dual POVs and, at this point, appears to be a stand-alone.  I did find it to be a very long read that did drag at times, but overall I enjoyed the story and loved the HEA we got.

Trixsters Anonymous

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Firefly (Redemption Book 2)

By Molly McAdams

Synopsis

Firefly is the new novel from New York Times bestselling author, Molly McAdams, a dark, twisting story of redemption and true love against the odds, perfect for fans of J. B. Salsbury, Jamie McGuire, Sophie Jackson and Lisa Renee Jones.

As the Princess of the Irish-American Mob, there’s no shortage of men ready to help guard and protect me. Kieran Hayes has been saving me for as long as I can remember. It’s in his blood, and one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. Until my favourite trait became his biggest flaw, making me resent the man I love. 

What I wasn’t prepared for was Dare – the man who set my world on fire with just one touch. He saw straight through to my soul and silently demanded my heart from the beginning.

And I didn’t expect Dare to be Demitri Borello – the reason for so many deaths in my family. A man who will take my life the moment he finds out who I am.

Despite it all, I’ll love him until that moment comes.

Don’t miss Blackbird, another powerful romance of love in the darkness from Molly McAdams.

 

Review

Firefly kept me on the edge of my seat, the anticipation and fear that Lily would be revealed, the suspense and mystery of who were the bad and goods guys and the men in her life who loved and were really there for her.

I was torn, I would put the book down and walk away only to race back and read more as I was beside myself with anxiety and fear for Lily.  I wanted her to reconcile with Kieran, to have their dreams realised and then I wanted her to run away with Dare as the next chapter I hated Kiernan.
The lonliness and desperation of Lily just broke my heart and when you get to the 75% mark of this story you literally are in for some spine tingling moments that will just shatter you.  I was blind sided by the revelations at this point and then the ending was just brilliant with secrets revealed and the story was tied up perfectly – I am left totally satisfied.
Firefly was paced to perfection, it had darkness, moments of friendship but also tremendous terror and such heartfelt declarations of family, love and finding the lightness in the dark.

Quote:  “I’d give you the world if you asked for it, but not at the expense of your life.  Don’t ask me to stop saving you, because I don’t know how.”

Firefly (Redemption book 2)

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Tempting Fate (Colorado High Country # 4)

By Pamela Clare

Synopsis

A woman with no roots…

Naomi fled the cult-like nightmare of her childhood and learned to rely on one person—herself. Her resourcefulness keeps her alive during a catastrophe in the mountains, but it’s no help at all when it comes to Chaska Belcourt, the sexy EMT who saves her life. Raised to feel shame about her body and sex, she is putty in Chaska’s hands as he strips away her armor, exposing the vulnerable woman beneath, awakening desires in her that she’d been taught to ignore.

A kiss that changes everything…

Chaska Belcourt grew up on the reservation, the son of a hereditary Sun Dance chief. He left all of  that behind for a new life in Colorado as an engineer with an aerospace firm and a member of the elite Rocky Mountain Search & Rescue Team. He doesn’t share his sister’s belief that fate led him to find Naomi. But from the first moment their lips touch, he can’t get enough of her.

A love that transforms…

As the passion between them turns into something more, Chaska is forced to admit that his sister is right. There’s no other way to explain the depth of his feelings for Naomi—or the fact that he and his people might hold the key to unraveling the mysteries of her past. But she will have to learn to trust again before the two of them can find the answers she needs—and claim this once-in-a-lifetime love.

Review

TEMPTING FATE is the fourth book in the Colorado High Country series and it was another enjoyable read.

I really liked Chaska, who is smart and kind, and always knows the right thing to say to Naomi.  He’s very calm and peaceful, but he’s also strong and has a good sense of humor.  My favorite scene was when Chaska offered his bride price for Naomi.  Not only was it funny and sweet, but it also showed that he would do anything to make her happy, even when her request was clearly a joke.  The jalapeño blow job scene came in at a close second.

The best way to describe Naomi is to call her a fighter, because that’s exactly what she is.  Everything that she had been through—from the day she was born, to being found unconscious in Chaska’s path—broke my heart.  Despite her horrible upbringing and difficult adult life, she’s the nicest and most grounded person, and I was definitely rooting for her to get her HEA.

I loved the small-town feel in the previous book; how the town rallied around Ellie when she was in need.  However in this book, when they came together to help Naomi, it felt too forced and too cloying.  Maybe I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind when it came to those scenes.

TEMPTING FATE is told in dual POVs and, while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  It comes with a lovely HEA, especially for Naomi, who is finally able to say she has a family.

Tempting Fate (Colorado High Country # 4)

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Hello Forever (Hello Goodbye # 2)

By Sarina Bowen

Synopsis

A basketball game changed both their lives.

When they were only teenagers, Axel and Caxton were caught making out in the woods at church camp. And afterward, Cax had disappeared from all the youth group activities.

Six years later, Axel is astonished to spot his first love’s face in the crowd of a college basketball game he’s watching on TV—at a school which has just offered him a job. It’s a thousand miles away, in a tiny rural town. But suddenly, he can’t wait to get there.

Cax can’t believe his eyes when Axel appears in the same Massachusetts town where he now lives. And he’s still just as drawn to Axel as ever. But he can’t let himself go there again, because loving Axel will mean giving up everything else he holds dear.

Both men have so much to lose. But as far as their love is concerned, it’s Hello Forever.



Review

My review for HELLO FOREVER is going to be short and sweet, because I’m in the middle of moving and I just don’t have the time to write my usual lengthy review.

I loved this story and I loved it’s two main characters, Cax and Axel.  They are both so kind and sweet, and they really were perfect for each other.  I also loved Axel’s co-worker, Boz, who was hilarious.  He wasn’t really in the story much, but when he was, he was definitely memorable.

One thing I thought was interesting is that, from memory, there are only two female characters in this story: Axel’s mother; and Cax’s best friend, Amy.  Every other character was male.  I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but it was certainly something that really stood out to me.

HELLO FOREVER is told in dual POVs and, while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  The previous couple, Josh and Caleb, make an appearance, and it was good to see them again.  Will there be more books in this series?  I’m not sure, but I really hope so.

Hello Forever (Hello Goodbye # 2)

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