Wolf Night by Tracey Sinclair
Genre: Vampires, Shifters, Witches, Romance, Paranormal
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 4 stars - A recommended read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush Worthy.
Oh, Cassandra, how do you managed to get in the middle of so much chaos? This is the second novel in the Cassandra Bick Chronicles by Tracey Sinclair. The first book, Dark Dates, was a favorite of mine and the sequel Wolf Night was just as fabulous. Cassandra is in the middle of two sexy men, evil two timing witches and hungry Shifters, oh my!
Sinclair’s characters are so vivid. They work so well, I feel like I’m watching a movie or television show. I love the triangle going on between Cassandra, the fallen angel Cain and the sexy vampire Laclos. There’s a long list of reasons to pick each one and I’m so excited to see whom Cassandra picks. Oh, and can I have the man she doesn’t pick? Both Cain and Laclos are super sexy with beautifully flawed personalities. There was a great sex scene that was more sensual, it was tastefully written and a blowjob
scene that had me all sorts of hot. Add in moments where I literally laughed aloud, Cass has some awesome one-liners. This book did however need another, heavy edit. There were many issues with that. The action really was fantastic too! There were some parts where my mouth hung open at certain twists and no I won’t say a peep. You must read the book to find out. I suggest reading Dark Dates before this and you will fall in love with these characters as I have!
I really enjoyed this book! The plot to Wolf Night was perfection and I cannot wait to see what trouble Cassandra gets into next!
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Blessed Homecoming by Lorraine Nelson
Genre: romantic suspense
Length: novel (227 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 5 stars - A Must Read.
Heat: 1 handcuff - Tame.
Wendy Danforth is a very pregnant, newly divorced woman when she steps off the bus in her hometown to return to her parents' home. Her past threatens both her emotional well-being and her life, but she is immediately attracted to her parents' new handyman, Jake Roberts, a drifter with an emotionally fraught past of his own. Both Wendy and Jake fight the instant attraction between them regardless of the elder Danforths' matchmaking attempts, but as Wendy's ex continues to threaten, events conspire to drive them together.
I found both Wendy and Jake to be realistic, likable characters with real problems and a discernible development of their relationship. The instant attraction was not insta-love, which I appreciated in this story. It definitely made their push and pull believable. I also liked watching both of their pasts come out and be dealt with, together and separately. Rather than a "love cures all" type story, this one seemed a lot more like love encouraged each one to grow and heal. I especially liked the time where Wendy's baby was born and what all precipitated from it. The suspense plotline also wrapped up satisfyingly.
This is the second novel by Lorraine Nelson that I have read, and I think her writing is well-done and she tells a masterfully crafted romance.
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Dark Dates by Tracey Sinclair
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 5 Stars – A Must Read!
Heat: 2 handcuffs - Flirty.
So, I now have to try to explain how amazing this book was. The story was unique. Cassandra
runs a dating service for vampires. The older ones that haven’t gotten into the technology groove. She’s sleeping with a man that saved her life but only shows up every few years. He kills these ‘monsters’ and hides some serious secrets. Things go crazy, she’s being attacked at every turn, add in some funny one-liners and utterly likeable characters.
This is book is perfect.
Cain who slays monsters and keeps her bed warm sounds delicious. The author never quite passes that line into real sexy but stays in the ‘safe’ zone. Still the story more than makes up for the lack of heat! There was a perfect balance of story and romance. The action was intense and several times I found myself leaning forward, engrossed in the fabulous story unfolding. The side characters were very intricate and a well written heavy presence. Medea and Katie are the witch and the werewolf – sorry Wiccan and Shapeshifter (You’ll get it when you read the book.) They were PERFECTLY written. I know I keep using that word but seriously. This book is fantastic. It should be a bestseller with an upcoming movie.
Dark Dates is unique and if you’re reading one book this year (which is a stupid saying but still...) read this!!
Unscripted (Duty Bound #1) by J.S. Marlo
Genre: romantic suspense
Length: novel (283 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 5 Stars
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy
When Riley Kendrick wins a scriptwriting contest, she has no idea of the turbulence ahead. From the first meeting with a member of the cast of Wild Rescue to meeting her co-writers, she is flung into office politics unparalleled by the stories they are writing. Blythe Huxley enjoys his job as an actor on Wild Rescue, but his wife's months in a coma have taken a toll on him personally. Meeting Riley when he is sent to pick her up from the airport adds a new dimension to his life, but strange things keep happening to both of them as their friendship grows.
I really enjoyed this love story - although both main characters are married when they meet, there is no impropriety or cheating, just two co-workers that become friends. It is only later, when both of them are free to do so, that the friendship deepens. The villain of the piece was well written as well - no two-dimensional characters here. I enjoyed both the mystery/suspense angle and the romance, which can be hard to balance but was well-done in this story. I
also enjoyed how well populated the book was - Riley's family, Blythe's sister and in-laws, and their various co-workers all added color and interest to their story. I also liked that this story had a little of everything - cowboys and horses, firefighters and cops, and actors/screenwriters. It neatly took lots of enjoyable professions and melded them into a great book. I look forward to where this series goes next.
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Title : Tidal Whispers
Author: Jocelyn Adams, Claire Gillian, Julie Reese, KellySaid
Reviewer: Shyla Colt
Length: 118 pages
Tidal Whispers is a quirky collection of love stories that involve the sea.
Heart’s Desire by Julie Reece
Tessa has been through hell and has come home to lick her wounds. When a freak accident kills her parents she find herself back in her hometown, struggling to make sense of things and get back on her feet. Bullied when she was young because of a withered leg as a result of a childhood disease, she’s no stranger to adversity or fighting. However, this may be too much.
My heart broke for this girl who’d suffered so much, and had no one to lean on. Cameron was her first love and I was pleased to see a bit of joy in her life. When Cameron returns suddenly just when she needs them, it’s like magic, and to be honest I was overjoyed. It made my heart ache that her happiest moments where when she was asleep and dreaming of a man whose identity is unknown.
However, you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true, and this is no exception to the rule.
The Sweetest Song Claire Gillian
Let me just start off by saying this take on Siren’s was brilliant! I never thought of them as employees who worked for Poseidon. It caught my attention right from the start with that scenario, and never let go. Circe is a Siren on her last warning from her boss. Poseidon is a
taskmaster and she’s on her third strike on luring a boat to the salty depths of the sea and he’s not happy. She has three choices become his mistress, or his housemaid or figure out why the captain is immune to her song. When she’s on the surface among humans she can’t use her voice so she poses as a mute who can hear somewhat and read lips, but uses sign language as her primary means of communication. When she runs into the Captain off the ship, Otis, she learns his secret, his deaf.
As she falls in love with him, duty is mixed with emotion. The final outcome is up in the air until the very last minute, and I was pleased but surprised by the ending! Ms. Gillian did a heck of a job spinning a tale with so little words. The world Circe lives in is alive, vibrant and on the outskirts of our own. I wanted to know more about it!
Pearl of Pau’maa by Kelly Said
This is the epitome of best-laid plans going awry when destiny has a mind of its own. Merman Harmon is a soldier on a mission. He’s set to travel to the darkest, deepest parts of the ocean in search of a pearl that once belonged to his family. This pearl will lead him to his soul mate.
The heroine Miki is a young girl whose sole purpose is to provide sustenance for her people.
Young and determined she plunges into the forbidden waters that surround her island, and discovers a whole new world.
While entertaining and enjoyable, this story felt a bit rushed. There wasn’t enough build up to the love they shared, or explanation - when a merman finds his mate they know instantly, type of scenario. I was left wishing this had been a little more fleshed out by Ms. Said.
The Under garden by Jocelyn Adams
This story is a prime example of what love is really about.
The concept of child hood adoration that grows into a deep love between members of two different species really pulled at my heart strings. The slow development made the relationship between Nixie and Wyatt charming, and moving. What wouldn’t you do for your best friend? Now add love to the mix. It was a bittersweet tale with an ending much the same. So if you’re looking for a grand happily ever after this may not be your cup of tea. I'd like to add more details, but that would ruin the surprises, instead I invite you to see the world through the eyes of a child and remember what true innocence and first love was like once more.
A Lot like a Lady by Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman
Historical, Sweet Romance
TBR Reviewer: Christine
Juliet, a servant, changes places with the lady of the house as she’s forced to go to London to find a husband. When she meets Grey, the ladies stepbrother, the careful plan is turned upside down and she finds there’s something more than just a friend in Grey.
Grey and Juliet had great chemistry. I really enjoyed their banter and eventually their romance. This historical novel was a great addition to the genre. This was such a sweet read and it was a nice change from the more explicit books I’ve been reading.
Sweet Romance - novel
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
You know, with everything going haywire in life I wanted, no, needed some light and
uplifting. As soon as I read this blurb I had to read this book. ( Deborah Zimmerman’s life is not going well right now. She has to deal with a deadbeat dad, teenagers, financial stress, and a store manager’s glare. The cake that lands on her head isn’t helping any. When she bumps into Brandon Nash, her heart skips a beat. Could this be love at first
sight or the signs of a heart attack?)
Deb is so sweet but has some really crappy luck. Then she meets a hot sexy Brandon and
happens to drop the cake on them. I was laughing at several scenes in this books. There are one liners that will have you smiling like a fool. I usually find family stories in romance to be boring and intruvise on the romance. Not here. Ms. Bain wrote a fantastic blend and I really enjoyed it. Don’t think less of me but I did find myself tearing up as I read this. The struggles, that bastard Michael, it was all such an emotion ride.
The story itself was jumpy at the beginning but Game of Hearts was so good I couldn’t bare to give it less than 5 stars. Ms. Bain gained a new fan.