Sometimes to find love, you must first learn forgiveness.
A dozen years, two thousand miles, and a law degree after high school, Rafi Steiner continues to harbor resentment toward Isaac Jones, his childhood bully turned NBA star. When Isaac appears at Rafi's favorite restaurant acting like a long-lost friend, Rafi bluntly dismisses him.
But Isaac is tenacious and he has his heart set on the grown-up version of the boy he always wanted and never forgot. The way Isaac sees it, he and Rafi are perfect for each other, if only he could sink the most important shot of his life: his one shot at forgiveness.
Surrender by Aimee Laine
Series: Mimics of Ruins 2
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Length: 380 pages
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read.
Heat: 2 handcuffs - Flirty.
Aime Laine is a master of immersion. From the moment I read the first page I began a journey
into a whole new world. The setting and the cast of characters kept me engrossed, and invested from start to finish. I've never read a book about a Mimic before, and Ms. Laine has me ready to hit my local library to do more research. Yes it was that interesting. Imagine being able to take on any form you wanted. The possibilities would be endless, right? Wrong. A case of mistaken identity leads heroine Lily into a precarious position, where she's forced to
take on the foreign roles of mother and wife! This kidnapping is where the mystery begins. Who was this woman Lily is now mimicking and what has she done? Forced back into a situation that brings up painful memories from her past she's forced to face her demons head on if she wishes to escape.
Lily is my favorite kind of character. One who's been wronged, broken down, and is rising to the occasion, finding her voice, and well… frankly, kicking ass. That kind of growth is admirable and inspiring. Especially, when you have the love of your life at your side, or in this case not willing to give up on you like, Cael. Cael is the kind of man I think ever one of us would love to have, strong enough to protect, but gentle enough to listen. Oh and I can't forget, sexy, and intelligent. I didn't read the first book in this series where Lily and Cael
were first introduced, but I found their back story translated just fine.
There's so much more I'd like to say about this story, but I can't because it would be a spoiler and this book is all about the twists, and turns, on the road to the finish. While the sex scenes between Lily and Cael were hot, they weren't the star of the show. They merely enhanced the grand love story between the two.
Surrender is a triple threat, action, adventure, and romance. If you're a fan of the paranormal and characters who grow this is a must read.
She Likes Him Bad by Scarlett Scott
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 3 handcuffs - Blush Worthy.
She Likes Him Bad, is a sexy tale of love rediscovered with a touch of there’s no place like home vibe. Independent Emma Lee had dreams much bigger than her small town Paradise Georgia. So she caught the first thing smoking, headed to L.A. and made a life for herself. Her career is booming, her love life is lack luster, and her friends are slim to none. She comes back to the tiny town to lick her wounds after a bad break up that’s left her with sagging self confidence. Her meddling but well meaning mother, Jean begins to push Emma and her childhood sweetheart Jackson together.
Yes, Jackson is a southern sweetheart who melts your heart and rips your underwear off before he plunders your… neither regions. *Grins* It’s a good combination to have. When he runs into Emma at her Mother’s he finds the spark that existed between them still exists. The question they struggle to answer after a bout of explosive sex on his kitchen table is if the spark is worth trying for something more permanent. I told you to watch out for those Southern boys.
I enjoyed this quickie. It had a strong back story, a dash of humor, smoldering sexual encounters, and fairly fleshed out characters. I did feel left in the lurch when it ended because there was no real resolution. If you’re looking for a second time around story that will make you chuckle, deliver spice and end in a happy for now, this will fit the bill.
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Man on Fire by Frances Pauli
Genre - Sci-fi Romance
Length - Novella
TBR Reviewer - Daniella
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read.
Heat: 1 Handcuff - Tame.
Amanda is one of the best mercenaries around, but when she meets her new commander, the heat between them makes it hard for her to focus on the job. It all turns complicated when the big boss asks her to spy on the new commander and Amanda is torn between her sense of duty and her own desires.
This is a romantic sci-fi novella, where the author manages to set the scene nicely with just enough description to get a sense of the world, but without long winded descriptions. Amanda is a great main character, a strong confident woman. Commander Wells is a mystery and
remains so even after the story ends, but the chemistry between Amanda and the Commander is palpable. The author does a good job of creating an interesting world, with good romance, good action and a good plot.
Unfortunately the ending is a little rushed, and it left me somewhat unsatisfied. It is absolutely worth a read, if nothing else then for the authors ability to tease your imagination with an
Ricochet by Sandra Brown
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Novel (Hardcover – purchased)
TBR Reviewer: Christine
Rating: 3 Stars – We liked it.
Heat: 2 handcuffs - Flirty
Some of my favorite books are by Sandra Brown so I grabbed this without even reading the
blurb. This is a classic cop book, Hatcher has to solve a murder with twists and unexpected turns. Problem was, nothing was unexpected. There were no twist that I didn’t see way ahead of the scene. It was obvious how everything would go down and there was zero mystery. That said, it was still a well written story. Elise and Hatcher, even Deedee and the 'bad guys' were very in depth. The plot has been done before and I’m sorry to say this was rather boring. I did, however, finish the entire book.
I recommend some of my favorite books by Sandra Brown in Lieu of this one – Unspeakable, The Crush, Hello Darkness. Those were all spectacular reads!
Hard by Emma Gold
Genre: Contemporary, romance
Novel (Paperback – purchased)
TBR Reviewer: Brutally Honest
Rating: 3 stars – We liked it.
Heat: 2 handcuffs - Flirty
I was so conflicted with this book. The beginning was so boring but just when I was about to give up, the story improved. Then it went downhill again and a little while letter was entertaining again. This book was a true rollercoaster. There are some parts that are outrageously funny and then there’s three or four pages on one character jammed together. The characters were memorable and well written. It’s just the pace that really threw me for a loop. There was also this flashback that lasted several chapters that added nothing to the story but word count. Still, I managed to get through Hard and I’m not to sure on a rating. The fact that Weed use is involved was also a major downfall, it was so casual and I am highly against drug use.
After some thought, I’m going with three stars. This was a read with some real flare and some real downturns. I think a few years from now after the author has honed her craft she’ll be an author to really look out for. I wouldn’t buy it full price but if you find Hard on sale, I suggest giving it a try.
The Hour Of Predators by Lane Stark
Genre: Crime thriller
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
When two vicious and bloody ritualistic murders shock the remote, isolated village of Bella Coola, Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman Marcus Chao is sent out to investigate. All evidence point towards a young Native American lad but as Chao delves deeper, he finds a web of bigotry, racism and intrigue hiding below the surface of this tight knit community. Simultaneously dealing with his ex-wife, who is helping with the case and with whom relations are only now starting to rekindle, Chao begins wondering if perhaps this time he has
bitten off more than he can chew....especially when the case begins to focus around a local femme fatale!
I have had a long affinity with the RCMP ever since I first read and enjoyed Canadian author Michael Slade’s Special X novels, but the presence of the Mounties in crime fiction has always seemed a little bit scarce. With that in mind, I was looking forward to reading this and
getting a different perspective of this highly organized Police force; arguably one of the best in the world. Thankfully, I am pleased to report, that what we get here is a highly competent and enjoyable thriller.
The plot keeps you guessing, the characters are well developed and there is a lot here to really enjoy. This book seemed very well written and certainly had enough twists to keep even the keenest mind guessing where it was going. Is there enough here to build a series around? I am not sure but certainly this book had a lot of potential and was definitely good enough for me to give it a rating of four stars. Would I read more investigations by Marcus Chao and his RCMP team? You know what, I think I probably would because this is a rare thing; a crime thriller that actually manages to avoid many of the usual conventions and offers a very unique and original story with just the right amount of gripping twists and turns.
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The Curse of the Scarab King by Wend Petzler
Genre: historical romance, time travel romance, romantic suspense
Length: Novel (238 pgs.)
TBR Reviewer: Amanda
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read
Heat: 3 Handcuffs - Blush Worthy
In an interesting mix of time travel, ancient curses, Egyptian gods, magic, and evil-want-to-take-over-the-world megalomaniacs, this story begins and ends in the 15th century BC. In Egypt, Setti suddenly becomes the Pharaoh Regent for his newborn nephew when his brother is fatally bitten by a poisonous snake in his own bedchamber. While the rest of Egypt
mourns, the Sister-Wife of Amenenhet plots to take power as a Pharaoh Queen and turn the country away from worship of the sun god. Her curse casts Setti in between life and death where for 4000 years he waits until archaeologist Kate Martin stumbles across clues that lead to his hiding place. Once he is awakened, both Setti and Kate are swept back to his time to set Egypt to rights and reclaim the throne from his sister.
This story reminded me of a good action-adventure flick - who cares if it fits historically or how other-worldly some aspects become, the story keeps rocking along building in excitement and anticipation. Watching Kate and Setti work their way through all the pitfalls thrown in their
way together was exciting and it was fun to see them fight their growing attraction due to knowing Kate needed to return to her own time. Even though all the odds were stacked against them, I couldn't help but expect them to find a way to defeat the evil queen and escape her curse on Setti. The book was fairly well-written and although at times it seemed all the details didn't quite hang together, those moments were minor and fleeting. The cast was well fleshed out with villains, both major and minor, as well as great secondary help for the hero/heroine. The details of ancient Egypt were enjoyable without being overwhelming as well. Overall, I found the story to be a fun read with an exciting end.
Title: oceans fury by Adam Santo
Genre: Horror thriller
Length: short story
Rating: 4 Stars - Recommended Read!
Oceans Fury begins right in the midst of drama on the high seas. A cruise Liner is slowly submerging, for reasons that are not initially made clear, and the whole ship is on the verge of tearing itself apart. The narrator of this story sits on deck, momentarily frozen with fear and unsure of how best to react, when he sees a young girl who appears to have been separated
from her parents. Coming to her aid, he attempts to help her to the lifeboats only to find that all is not as it seems....
This was a strange little story that, nonetheless, was still highly enjoyable and actually really quite good! There is one major twist around which the whole story revolves and my only criticism of this tale was that it was a little too short for my liking. I personally would’ve liked a bit more build-up before the big reveal; this story more of an example of what is commonly referred to as “Flash Fiction” than a true short story per se.
This story is a good introduction to Adam Santo’s work and certainly has got my interest piqued enough that I will definitely be checking out some of his other, longer fiction! If you like stories with a short, sharp twist that hits you where it hurts before you’ve even registered any threat, then this is for you! Oceans Fury is a great little tale that certainly catches you by surprise and is well worth a read as it won’t take you very long!
Title: The dying of the light:end by Jason Kristopher
Genre: Horror thriller
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must Read
Zombies are really big right now. With World War Z the movie coming out next year and Season 3 of The Walking Dead currently on a mid-season break, there are probably quite a few fans of the genre out there quite literally gagging for their latest fix. Well, wait no longer! The Dying Of The Light: End is the first part in a new Zombie trilogy by aspiring new author Jason Kristopher. This book offers everything the discerning Zombie fan could possibly want and a little bit more!
Since around the time of the late 1800’s, when American soldiers found themselves being attacked by diseased Indian tribes feasting on the flesh of the living, the American government has been aware of the existence of the walking dead. Over the course of the intervening centuries, there have been random and sporadic further outbreaks all across America as lone hunters stumble across the odd infected undead straggler wandering loose amongst the woods but, for the most part, these rare incidences have been covered up and hidden from the public
eye. The undead virus is caused by Prions, similar in nature to those found in BSE or CJD, which cause their hosts to bite in an attempt to pass on the disease and spread the outbreak. A flaw in the virus’ programming is what causes the undead to continue to bite long after the disease has been spread and this is why they appear to feed but their basic nature is merely to pass on the infection. Now, a specialist Task Force has been created specifically to deal with the increasing threat of the undead as attacks begin to increase all across the U.S and neighboring borders. This is their story and this time around, Mankind is determined not to go down without a fight.....
This was a great book and a thrilling read that dealt with the whole Zombie outbreak idea through a series of totally different and original perspectives. The story begins with an outbreak in a small rural town then continues through with the creation of the new Task Force and the challenges they face as they try to keep everything they know under wraps from the general population. This novel is far different and much better written than at least 2/3 of the other Zombie fiction that is out there. For one, it just offers a more upbeat and fresh approach, almost as though Mankind actually has a chance of getting past this, whilst the majority of other Zombie fiction can often come across quite bleak. I simply loved the way the story progresses as it goes along. Without giving anything away, the decline of human civilization is much slower and gradual than is traditionally seen in other Zombie media, adding a rather nice injection of realism into the plot, and so the inevitable end when it comes is much more
pleasing. I really liked this and cannot wait to read the next installment.
At times, there are shades of Jonathan Mayberry’s Patient Zero but, though I found Mayberry’s book ultimately a little bit disappointing, the same could not be said here! The momentum of this novel is constant and relentless and the story barely gives you time to breathe before it throws the next hurdle at you, catching you squarely in the face! I love Kristopher’s matter-of-fact style of writing, I love the world and characters he has created and more than that, I think he has the potential to be big, really big in the Indie authors market!
If you love Zombies then you are going to love this! It really is a very welcome shot of adrenaline for a genre that can often seem overwhelmed in fiction that is simply not very good. This, my friends, is how Zombie fiction deserves to be written!
For the Love of a God by Rosanna Leo
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 5 Stars - A Must read
Heat: 3 - Blush Worthy
Wow I adored this story! There’s real art into to taking the Greek Gods of old, and placing them in modern times. Ms. Leo has this talent in spades, and makes the transition seamless. It was
refreshing to see such a different environment for a romance, and such a unique heroine!
Maia is my kind of girl. Into all things vintage, intelligent, and not out to impress anyone. She isn’t a stunning beauty or a waif, she’s real. As a daughter to a famed Architect she’s been on
many adventures before she settled into her day job as a restorer. I was hooked from the first few lines.
I can’t really explain who Eric aka Eryx is without mentioning our villainess. Nemesis is apply name, because she’s one bad B i… you can fill in the blanks, and I do not mean that as a compliment. Kin to a spoiled brat not used to getting her own way she refuses to let, Eryx love anyone else after he rebuffs her advances. Despite the Eons that pass, her commitment to
ruining love for Eryx remains , forcing the god of love into an almost stagnant state.
For the Love of a God, mixes passion, humor, heartache and adventure together to form a story that has it all. I laughed, pitied the characters, grew angry at the villain, and sex scenes so hot you might melt. Come on, Eryx is the god of love, the man knows what he’s doing. I highly recommend this read.
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