Monster or hero?
My name is Larkspur and I was born in the Colony, a labyrinth of tunnels and caves miles beneath the surface designed for prisoners. Being born among the criminals isn't an easy childhood. But I have a secret, my nails turn into sharp claws. I learned early how to fight dirty, hide well and never trust. All too soon, our world changes. Something happens to the prospering world above. The criminals desiring freedom and revenge push toward the surface. Me among them.
Humanity needs a hero, now more than ever, but all they get is me, a monster from the darkness.
Annie used to believe in all that happily ever after crap, until the day she found out her Prince Charming husband was a conman with a wandering eye. On the same day she booted him to the curb, an alien fleet double-parked over Earth and life as she knew it ended. To survive she joined a militia unit and used her unique physic powers to fight off the alien invaders. She was so successful she earned the swell nickname of the Grim Reaper. Now she must fight for her own freedom because Saul Jones, a Coletti-hybrid warlord, has decided she’s his and he won’t stop until he possesses her.
General Saul Jones has his hands full. Not only is he a four-star Marine general, he’s also a Coletti warlord. To complicate matters, he’s the Coletti Overlord’s liaison to Earth and one of the patriarchs of “the” Jones clan. Raising his blood pressure even more is his teenage psychic daughter who has found her mate before she’s of legal age. Can you say raging hormones? Not to mention the headaches of dealing with all the interspecies head-butting and Central Command. He has a million and one things needing his attention and at long last he discovers the other half of his soul. Annie Russell aka the Grim Reaper. Instead of running into his arms, Annie’s running as far and fast as she can.
General Jones released us, and his helmet slid back. “Annie Russell you’ve got some ‘splaining to do.”
I felt the color drain from my face. “What do you mean?”
“You, my dear, are psychic and I know for a fact you’ve never registered.” General Jones relieved me of my laser rifle and placed it on his desk. “That is a breach of penal code 245.”
I eyed the General’s muscular frame. In hand-to-hand combat, I’d lose. Good thing I cheated. Before I could attack him, Casey stepped in front of me.
“For God’s sake, leave her alone. Please. She’s done her duty.”
Anger flared to life in the General’s eyes. “You knew Annie was psychic and didn’t reported her?”
“Uh, I’ve been kinda busy lately. You know bailing out of a flaming C130 cargo plane, fighting the Rodan and locating my mate.”
With pure iron in his voice, the General stated, “I’m docking your pay five hundred credits for violation of penal code 451.”
Casey let out a squawk of outrage. “What? That’s not fair.”
“Back off.” I pushed Casey to one side and went to toe-to-toe with her uncle. “Casey has nothing to do with this.”
“She’s required by law to report any psychic females to Central Command.”
“This isn’t Nazi Germany or is it?” I gave her uncle the Nazi’s palm out salute, barely missing his nose. “Sieg Heil!”
The muscles bunched in the General’s jaw. “That smart mouth isn’t amusing. Get your butt down to registration. Once you’ve filled out the proper paperwork and been chipped you will report back to me.”
“No,” I stated.
General Jones bared his rather awesome fangs. “No?”
“You hard of hearing old man? I am not getting chipped like some fucking animal and I don’t care how many laws the Overlord has enacted since he took over.”
“You will do as I say,” General Jones growled.
“Think you can make me old man?”
“Are you challenging me?” The General was all predator.
“Holy shit!” Casey grabbed my arm and dragged me away. “No. She’s not.”
I broke free and turned to face the General. “Yes, I am. I can take this old fart.”
“No, you can’t,” Casey assured me. “Provoking a warlord is a really bad idea. Believe me, it never ends well.”
“They call me the Reaper for a reason,” I retorted, never taking my eyes off her uncle.
General Jones laughed like it was the funniest thing he had ever heard. “The Reaper?”
“Doesn’t Zarek need you back at Old Tucson? Just think of all the Rodan that still need killing,” Casey said desperately.
We both ignored her.
“Reaper, as in when I leave a battle field nothing remains, but the dead,” I answered.
“Why haven’t I heard of you?”
“The dead tell no tales.”
“A nice little fairy tale. Apologize suitably and go to registration. If you don’t, I’m putting you over my knee and tanning your behind. You’ll also spend the next thirty days in lockup.”
Casey took one look at my furious expression and backed way. Women were so much smarter than men.
General Jones advanced on me.
Dropping my shields, I summoned a psychic stun grenade and hurled it at the General. I felt it slam against his very impressive shields.
The General staggered backward as the mental concussion blasted his inner ear. and swayed unsteadily.
Upping the wattage, I hurled another grenade and waited for it to knock him on his ass.
“I will find you,” the General gritted, before falling to the floor.
“Oh, my God!” Casey kneeled by her uncle and checked his pulse.
“Relax, he’s not dead. I just rattled his brain a bit,” I reassured her.
“How long before he wakes up?”
I shrugged. “Ten to fifteen minutes.” I swiped a new recruit’s security badge off his desk and quickly stuffed it in my pocket.
Casey jumped up, grabbed my hand and tugged me out of the room. “You need to get far, far away from here.”
“I have a place to go. I’ve been preparing for this ever since the Coletti came to our world and started taking psychic women.”
“Shhh. Don’t tell me anything. The Overlord seems to know everything I do.” Casey herded me down the hallway and into the women’s locker room. “Good thing everyone’s at Old Tucson or you would be toast.” She opened a locker and pulled out some sweat pants and an over-sized t-shirt. “Put these on, you’ll attract too much attention in the saloon girl getup.”
I quickly changed. “I can never thank you enough.”
“Don’t thank me. All I’m doing is giving you a head start. Just remember, Coletti warlords never, ever stop hunting their prey.” Casey peeped out into the hallway. “The coast is clear. I can get you off the base, but after that you’re on your own.”
“How much trouble are you going to be in?”
“Trouble? Me? Nah.” Casey sniggered before adding, “Don’t worry, Hothar will protect me.”
“From what?” Hothar inquired from behind us. We both shrieked and jumped about a foot.
“Geezus! Don’t sneak up on us like that,” Casey gasped.
A worried frown knitted my brow. Why hadn’t I sensed him?
“What am I protecting you from?”
Casey and I exchanged worried glances and in unison said, “The Rodan.”
Hothar frowned. “There are no Rodan on this base.”
“See Annie, nothing to worry about.”
I clasped my hands to my chest. “Silly me.”
We speed walked toward the exit.
“Where are you going?” Hothar easily kept pace with us.
“Annie needs to check on her grandmother,” Casey lied.
“Yes! My grandmother. She has a heart problem. It upsets her when the sirens go off,” I improvised.
“The sirens didn’t go off in Tucson,” Hothar said.
“Really?” A hysterical giggle broke from Casey. “Imagine that.”
Hothar stepped in front of us. “What is going on?”
“Nothing.” Casey climbed him, wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed Hothar hungrily. She made a shooing gestured at me.
Not being a dummy, I hurried out the exit.
A terrifying battle cry startled a flock of pigeons, sending them airborne.
The chase was on.
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Vincentius/Vinny meets his mate unexpectedly. He orders the capture of the person who hacked his system and that man, Cho, just happens to be his mate. With Cho’s rough history can Vinny convince him that mating will be able to heal them both?
The beginning is inundated with characters. I honestly got some of them confused so I had to go back and figure out who is who. Vinny who is so damn yummy, faces off against Cho, the hacker. Cho has a terribly sad backstory and I really rooted from them to find a happy ending. I really liked the shifter world building. It is complicated but intriguing. That is balanced nicely with the romance which is really sexy. This will definitely raise your temperature. I’m really enjoying this shifter book and I’m excited to read the next in the series.
The fight is one! One tough cougar shifter, fae twins, and a fated pairing that she intends to fight. Claws. Fangs. Attitude. She will not give in easily. Can they break through her tough exterior to claim their mate?
Oh, I like threesome novels. Not a big fan of the whole twin brother’s thing. Even though they don’t touch it still not sexy to think of my brother sleeping with the same person I am. That said, this is a great story! I loved the tough cougar shifter Katrina! She is not taking anyone’s crap. She fights for those she loves. It makes for an instant favorite character for me. Aeron and Alak are fae twins and very handsome. Add in some magic, shifters, action and sex, you’ve got yourself Fighting Faete. This is a solid four star read. I enjoyed the world building immensely.
Grace has a boring job and no friends…her only enjoyment is playing a computer game, SexScape. She’s reached level 1023 but as usual a guy turns up on a motorbike zooms around the screen and ruins everything. Then…take a deep breath…she’s sucked into the game.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this silly quickie. It’s simple sexy escapism. It’s a girl meets boy romance and as the game is called SexScape … lots of sex. The man on the motorbike whose avatar in the game kept foiling her attempts to win the level turns out to be a hunk of a man who goes by the name Trickster. For some reason even though she’s lonely in real life, in this game world she’s beautiful and the Trickster wants sex. The story oscillates between Trickster and Grace’s perspective. The only conflict is Grace insists it is all a dream and for Trickster to keep the love of his life, she must believe the game world is real. Suspend disbelief and go with the flow. The sex scenes are not forced or too long and do flow with the story. They’re smoking hot. The descriptions of Trickster wearing tight leather jeans and the obvious bulge are second to none. The sex scene in the hot spring starts steamy with drinking from a phallic flower and… well, I enjoyed it.
Trickster is a fun story that doesn’t take too long to read and delivers!
Bridgette is not a nice person. She does what she wants and she doesn’t feel bad about it. There comes a turning point in her life when she gains a conscious. Now a PI, she’s trying to do the right thing. Add vampires to this mix and you have an interesting paranormal f/f story.
The introduction really wasn’t needed. It just reiterates the blurb with a longer explanation of the book. Chapter one is a great introduction to Bridgette. She’s starts of as a villain, the bad girl, an evil character. As the story progresses, she changes her ways and tries to make up for all she’s done in the past. I didn’t get why she had a revelation though. It read like because her opponent is pretty Bridgette felt bad. I’m sure it’s more than that but it isn’t clear in the story. Bridgette is now a PI in Los Angeles. I really like the twists in this book, which I don’t want to share too much. I will say Bridgette’s growth from beginning to end is fantastic. I definitely could have done without the blood sucking on animal’s details. There is a romance in this story and I enjoyed it. It added to Bridgette’s growth. Overall, Bridgette is an interesting bad girl to good girl story with some heat.
Daniella is in love with Caleb but she’s sure that she’s too unattractive to be his. Caleb has been in love with Daniella since she was little but he’s being pushed into marriage. How can they have a happy ending when there’s so much stopping them from even starting?
The beginning is kind of hard to follow with all the characters. Perhaps reading the first book in the series would have helped. In terms of western romance, I think it has a lot of potential. I just found some of it a bit silly and hard to believe. That said, it’s still a wonderful story! Daniella is unsure of herself but as the story progresses she gets more of a backbone. Caleb is a sexy deputy who’s being pulled in all directions but all he really wants is Daniella. I don’t read too much western romance so this is a nice change of pace.
Daring Daniella is a solid four stars that you should certainly have on your TBR list!
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damage he caused so many others, but he longs to rise like a true warrior in the pursuit of forgiveness and a second chance. There’s nothing he isn’t willing to do to win back his son–and Bridget.
When an old cell mate’s daughter dies under mysterious circumstances in foster care, Adam begs Bridget to help him uncover the truth. Bound to the plight of the Indigenous children in care, Bridget agrees. But putting herself in contact with Adam threatens to resurrect her long-buried feelings for him, and even worse, she risks losing care of Kyle, by falling for a man who might destroy her faith in love completely this time.
“Heard you’re going to a meeting tonight.” The punk, Logan, plopped on the couch.
Adam rubbed his full stomach and checked the clock on the wall of the lounge. Six-thirty. The meeting started in an hour. Perfect timing, because he’d have a half an hour to return before his nine o’clock curfew. “Yep.”
“S’okay if I go with?”
Adam couldn’t say no. Part of the program was giving away what he had, and what he possessed was sobriety. Even so, looking out for someone and sharing his experience was still new to him.
“Yeah.” There, he’d agreed, when he normally would have told the punk to fuck off.
Logan was straight out of rehab for heroin abuse. Eighteen and a junkie. Adam wasn’t supposed to judge, but a guy had better luck stopping traffic on the Trans Canada than getting off the crap. Too many of his friends had died sticking needles into their veins or chasing the dragon.
“Got no ink?” Logan studied the bare parts of Adam’s skin. “Thought you would, ’cause I heard you were an—”
The silencing look Adam sent the punk shut down Logan fast.
He held up his hands in retreat. “It’s cool. It’s cool. Hey, check out mine.” Logan bared his forearm. “I’m gonna get more. My bud did this one. He can do one for you.”
“Why not? Everyone gets inked.” Curiosity filled Logan’s blue eyes.
“Yeah. Everyone. Pass.”
“Oh? You think it’s too mainstream now?” Logan half-smiled.
“Figured you weren’t the sort of guy who did mainstream. Go your own path, y’know? People follow you. You don’t follow them.” Logan balled up a piece of paper in his hand. “I…err…uh…I don’t wanna go to slippery places. Y’know? We gotta talk.”
“My uh…girlfriend. She kept…I gotta do it. Gotta do it.”
“Never mind your girlfriend.” Adam kept his arms and legs crossed and stared at the TV screen. “This is about you.”
“Dead?” Adam turned to Logan’s stiller-than-glass eyes.
“She…she went missing when I was in ’hab. I told her to chill before I went in. Said I’d come and get her when I got out. She wouldn’t listen. She…they pulled her from the river. I know it’s her. I know it’s her.”
Cutter’s daughter was Logan’s girlfriend?
The punk’s skinny body trembled. His long, blond hair cut into a seventies-like feather hung in front of his thin face.
“I dunno if she was still using. She told me when I last saw her that she wasn’t. But being at the bar…the news said that’s where she was last seen. It’s my fault. All my fault.” Tears rolled from Logan’s big eyes, and he swiped at them. “I’m no pussy.”
Adam hadn’t said as much. “Keep on.” He made sure his command was soft—well, as soft as his deep voice allowed.
“I gotta find out what happened. The cops don’t care. Nobody cares. It’s what Sheena said. But I care even if her fam don’t. Her ol’ man, he’s in the pen. He don’t care. Her mom’s six feet below. Drank herself to death.”
Adam shuddered. If he hadn’t straightened out, this could be Kyle as a teenager, shit-talking his parents.
“The counselors at ’hab told me to stay away from slippery places. How am I s’posed to find out what happened if I don’t go to those…places?”
The same for Adam. Both he and Logan were from the streets, though. “Were you in the system?”
“Yeah.” Logan sniffled. “’Aid helped me get into treatment. They got this program that helps me until I’m twenty-one. Some transition thing. I’m…I’m gonna get my high school. A lady from the university teaches at the Kitchi-Gaming Friendship Center at night.”
“Yeah. Through my dad. He’s Métis. Whatever that is.”
Many kids had no clue about their heritage. Neither had Adam before he’d begun hanging out at a The Red Sky Friendship Center in Winnipeg, determined to find out what the heck Ojibway was and meant. He’d never even set foot on his home reserve, an hour and a half northeast of Winnipeg. He’d been born and raised in the city. The streets of the North End were all he’d known, growing up in North Point Douglas.
“What should I do? I gotta go there. Gotta check The Gator.”
The punk wasn’t old enough to get in the bars. Not that The Gator was famous for checking ID. Still, Adam had promised Cutter he’d find out what had happened to Sheena. If Kyle had gone missing, Cutter would do the same for Adam.
But if his parole officer found out…they’d ship him back to the clink.
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And she’s nothing if not daring.
Caleb, on the other hand, is the strong and strict deputy of Golden River. In love with little Daniella since the very first time he laid eyes on her stealing his clothes as he swam in the river, he’s been determined to correct her mischievous streak. Now, however, the town is after him and determined to push him into marriage. His plan to distance himself from Golden River – and from Daniella – almost succeeds. Almost.
Will Danny discover the truth about his feelings for her? And can she accept it if she does? Will Caleb admit his love for her? What happens when she runs away from him right after the ill-fated wedding?
When Pippa and I decided to try our hand at writing a western, a tom-boy heroine immediately captured our attention. We knew we wanted a pampered widow with big dreams and a beauty hoping to marry into money, but Danny sort of jumped out at us as a daring, adventurous young woman who was not afraid to work hard to gain what she wanted in life.
Our Danny has an impulsive nature. When she first meets the man of her dreams, he is bathing in a creek. She steals his clothes, leaving him stranded with the town’s preacher until the sheriff arrives. Caleb is not just any resident of Golden River, though. He is a deputy, and he knows exactly who stole his things. When he confronts Danny, she refuses to confess. Only later does he find proof of her crime when he sees she has altered his clothes to fashion herself a set of trousers. All of this happens in book one, long before her real story begins.
The mail order brides get to pick the man they want to marry. Danny’s heart has settled on Caleb. His kisses send her heart soaring. But the closer they get, the farther away the man of her dreams seems be. Wires get crossed, and an impulsive Danny soon follows her man when he leaves town, thinking he wants to elope.
What happens when she shows up in Sacramento?
She learns what her impulsiveness can cost.
He learns how it feels when he believes he’s lost her forever.
And they both learn a lot about how to love as their adventure
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Kal and his brothers are searching for their sister. They break into a pleasure ship in hopes that a slave named Rory would have answers. Neither of them expected the sexual chemistry between them. In the middle of danger can they find love?
This is a good read! I really liked the scifi elements. These guys are searching for their sister which is really sweet and hopeful and heartbreaking. I’m rooting for them! Rory has her chance at freedom, finally. It doesn’t hurt that the brothers are cute but her gaze seems to be glued to Kal. Their romance unfolds a little too quickly, but it is a nice balance with the action. This is a series I’m definitely going to continue!
Alice is on her way home after leaving her family when she meets him. The man who kidnaps her and locks her in the basement. While she’s losing her will to survive, we meet the rest of her family. They have no idea where she is. Bodine is our main heroine. She finds the first body and soon the killer sets his sights on her …
This is such a mixed book for me. On one hand, I love romantic suspense. I was heartbroken reading Alice’s story. Bodine’s story is more hopeful. She reunites with a childhood crush and the romance between them is beautiful. They have great chemistry. The problem for me, is that there are too many stories going on. There’s Alice. The killer has a few scenes. Bodine and Callen. Her brother and his romantic interest. The mother and grandmother have big scenes. It split my focus between all the stories and things get muddled. I am also surprised by the head hopping. It threw me out of the story a few times. The twists are also predictable. Even with that I HAD to finish the book. I HAD to know what happened to Alice. Her story is just heart wrenching! I’m also really glad Bodine and Callen found their happy ending. This is an intense romantic suspense that I would highly recommend.