Headstrong Ruben Harper has yet to meet an obstacle he can’t convert into a speed bump. He’s used to getting what he wants from girls, but when he develops a fascination for a man, his wooing skills require an upgrade. Shy, cautious Henry, Ruben’s former high school history teacher, suspects he needs a wake-up call, and Ruben appears to be his siren. But when Ruben bolts, Henry is left struggling to find closure. Inspired by his conversations with Ruben, Henry begins to write articles about the memories stored in everyday objects. As Henry’s snowballing fame takes him out of town and further out of touch, Ruben stretches to close the gaps that separate them.
A unique, erotic, adventure with engaging settings and adventure. Shelby is a single woman going through a divorce when her time traveling lover, Quentin, appears in her life. Dashing, intelligent, and a god in the sack, he bring excitement, and much needed renewal into her life.
I wasn’t a fan of Shelby in the beginning. She was hurting, and in a bit of a self-pity mode because her husband had gotten his new girlfriend pregnant. I was pleased to see her grow and come into her own. She takes to their adventures and in turn finds her new identity. I love nothing more than a woman coming into her own, so I truly enjoyed reading this transformation.
Quentin is a brash, bold, sexy time traveler who gets caught up in the twenty-first century when he comes across Shelby. A modern day knight in shining armor, he sweeps Shelby off her feet, and shows her wondrous places. His whit, intelligence, and strength with a touch of sensitivity made him easy to love. Add the bad boy factor he had going when he left the force of his time, and you’ve got one irresistible hero.
If you’re looking for an escape from reality, this time bending romance will fit the bill perfectly.
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When Dove Cries was a fantastic blend of suspense, romance, and sensuality. I loved the unique details Ms. Carter added to the book. The characters were unforgettable, and the story was fast paced, and had plot twists I did not see coming. I couldn’t put this book down until I finished it. Dove was captured, tortured, and abandoned by a mad man who broke girls and traded them into a sex ring. Trapped in a hole, with her wrists bound, water from the cracks in the wall to drink, and a massive jar of peanut butter, she’s terrified by the threats of harm if she attempts to leave the cave he’s placed her in. When the food runs out and the captor goes awol, she takes a chance at escape, and lands at the feet of two very powerful men, Draven, and Cade.
Dove is sensitive, and tough at the same time. It’s a combination that made it impossible not to love her. Raised by a father who was a lifer in the service she’s learned to take care of herself and stay strong. But, she’s also been incredibly sheltered. It adds a good bit of complexity, which I love in a heroine.The men she falls for are equally layered. John Draven, may be the Vice President of a motorcycle club, but he’s got a soft spot for women and a sense of justice that overshadowed his rough lifestyle. The minute Dove latches onto his hand after her ordeal and begs him not to leave her, his commitment begins. He cares for her with a sweet ferocity that made my lady parts quiver. Is there anything sexier than a man who helps a woman heal, respects her boundaries, and doesn’t ask for more until she’s ready? Cade is an honorable man trapped by his duty. An undercover FBI agent in bed with the Red Wolves M.C. to bring down a ring of flesh peddlers, he walks a very careful line. Unable to share the truth about a situation Draven despises him for he struggles to keep their relationship functional, not only for his case, but for the sake of the vulnerable woman they’ve both laid claim to.
I loved the different aspects going on in this story. The mystery kept me guessing, and the pace was perfect. Each scene moved the story further ahead, and laid a new breadcrumb. In the end, the best part about the twist was the realization. Ms. Carter left hints about what was to come. I’d like to go into more detail, but I don’t want to ruin the mystery. Who could resist one alpha male with a soft spot for his woman, let alone two? Not this girl.
Heart and Souls is an action packed paranormal bonanza. The unique story line and memorable characters kept me turning the pages. I loved Connie. The sassy, smart mouthed, yet sincere tough girl came from a rough child hood. Part of her bravado is a form of defense, but the other half is pure strong female. Something she needed to hold her job, hunting down criminals who steal souls.
In this future, we've all taken a serum that gives us nine lives aka souls. See told you the concepts were interesting. While I enjoyed, the futuristic setting, I craved more. I wanted to read about the other changes, and differences, but the reader’s view of the world was extremely narrow.
Reaper, Mikon is placed with Connie as her partner. They’re hunting an evil man who’s stolen an unfathomable amount of souls. As they hunt him down, they discover things they thought they lost along the way.
The chemistry between Mikon and Connie is electric, but I wanted more of the romance factor. With so much action, I felt their love story got a bit lost. I think with more length it could’ve been a better balance.
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Allison Evening is a woman caught up in a dangerous game of hide and seek with a maniac masquerading as the law. She ran from her hometown, only to be attacked by a creepy stalker and nearly killed. Now that’s’ what you call a strong woman. More than anything else. Allis was a survivor, and I admired that hell out of her for that. She also had the capacity to care when her past told her she shouldn’t. I think we’ve all been hurt soul deep. The first instinct is to shut down, but Allis was willing to take a chance with the men who saved her, North, and Givon.
We’re given two equally delicious males in this story. North is the President of the Red Wolves M.C. Raised in a violent household; he doesn’t take the abuse of woman lightly, or back down when things are wrong. He’s a contradiction in many ways. Hard when he needs to be, but gentle in a way you wouldn’t expect him to be capable of. The way he handled the wounded Allis had me adding him to my list of book boyfriends. Once he vows to protect Allis and the sparks start up his course is set.
Givon is an officer and best friend to North. Yeah, it sounds off, the cop and the Outlaw biker, but the things they endured in their past have bonded them for life. It’s that special connection that allows them to enter into a three-way relationship with Allis. I loved the way their past was a constant threat that linked them throughout the entire book. Strong, noble, and easy going, he balances out the trip. North has a tendency to be hot-headed, but Givon always breaks through and gets him to take a step back. I enjoyed his honesty, frankness, and intelligence.
It was the way the three characters worked together that made this so special. It was a puzzle with pieces that linked together into a perfect fit. It takes strong men to love a woman who's been hurt this badly. They have to make her feel safe and be patient as she recovers from her ordeal mentally and physically. That process made this romance story satisfying. They took the time to get to know her, reassure her, and fall for who she was at her core. Their progression felt natural and right.
I also like the way they brought the characters from the first book back into the picture, without taking away from Givon, North, and Allis. The villains were utterly despicable, and well thought out. They had an entire backstory, history and proved to be a real challenge. It made the story fuller and intriguing. I think an epic battle is only as good as your enemy. Ms. Carter delivered in spades on that one.
This is a book you won't want to put down until it's finished, and let me say, you may find yourself stunned at it's conclusion.
Forever Devoted is a story that truly explores the phrase for better or worse. Gary and Roberta form a bond at a young age when they’re both looking for someone to care. From abusive families, they band together vowing to always be there for one another. They never realized how that promise would be tested.
One of the guys, Roberta better known as Robbie has been over looked by Gary for years. Finally feed up, and broken hearted from her last relationship she drinks too much and makes a decision that will haunt her for months to come. I had a hard time enjoying Robbie. She seemed reckless to the point of being immature. It really took away from the romance for me. But I understood, that coming from her background, she was bound to have some rough edges. I would've liked to see more softness from her to balance things out.
Gary is by her side through everything, and battling with new feelings. The life or death situation has forced him to examine the way he really feels about Robbie. As she struggles to regain all her abilities he does his best to hold back his emotions. I loved watching Gary come to terms with his true feelings. His care, concern, and protective nature completely charmed me. I adored him from the beginning.
In the end, I believe the character's internal struggles overshadowed their romance. I wanted to experience more of their journey from best friends to two adults in love. A lot of time was spent on her accident and the recovery, but it was more superficial healing with a healthy dose of her mental battle. They fought more than they made up , and I wish it had been balanced out a bit better to round out the book.
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Along Came Merrie, is an action packed romance I read in one sitting. Merrie Walden is a sassy, independent woman who found herself in the wrong place at the worst possible time. Wth a car running on empty, a dead battery, and no sense of direction, she's forced to stop at the nearest building for help. Unfortunately for her, that place is a biker bar. Mistaken as a spy, she’s beaten, kidnapped, and dragged toward certain death. Her strength, bravery, and good humor in the face of unimaginable horror was admirable. I'm a sucker for a strong heroine, so you can see why I took a liking to her instantly. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say she’s had a lot to overcome in her life. It makes impossible not to root for her.
Merrie is discovered and nursed back to health by Leo and Braden, two brothers who’re as different as night and day. A rancher with a gruff voice, kind heart, and painful past, Braden is the muscle. His stubbornness made me want to shake him at times, but it also matched his gritty cowboy image. Ms. Carter did a fantastic job of adding tension and uncertainty while keeping me sympathetic to his pain. That’s something not everyone can do. On the other hand, Braden’s brother is a handsome veterinarian with an easy smile and plentiful jokes. His light-hearted, spiritual persona added a calming, steadiness to the three-way relationship they would embark upon. I love his gentleness, insights and his ability to stand toe to toe with his brother Braden.
The dynamics between the three characters was phenomenal. They battled their way through the complexity of a polyamorous relationship in a realistic way that made me believe in their love. Each scene was carefully thought out and moved the story forward while revealing something important. She did a great job of weaving in important details; so casually, you almost missed them until they became important. That was one of the things I enjoyed most. It was a good balance of romance to suspense, but in the end I think the plot was focused on more than the romance, as it is with most Romantic Suspense.
Overall, I found the mixture of suspense and romance came together to form one emotional and intriguing read.
Dance Partner was a romance that turned off the beaten path. I love reading different approaches to a love story, so this was right up my alley. Right off the bat, the heroine, Wendy, pursued the hero, Jim. Jim’s a man on the mend. After losing his leg in Afghanistan, he’s cautious and struggling to redefine who he is in this new life. Jim is easy to love and sympathize with. The man’s been through hell and back and this is his first time back in the saddle. His journey to wellness is admirable.
From the minute they lock eyes in a club, sparks fly. Wendy saunters over to start a conversation, that’s cut short when Jim is wheeled away by his friend. When Wendy discovers he’s in a wheel chair she’s intrigued, rather then turned off. A fact that stuns Jim when she makes contact with his friend and trainer, Grady.
I loved that Wendy went the extra mile to show him his missing leg didn’t bother her, but some of her forward actions made me uncomfortable, ie: showing up at his physical therapy session. It took me out of the story, and for that reason I had to go with a four star instead of five.
Ms. Steele wove humor, emotion, and romance into forty three pages. She didn’t glaze over the issues, which lent to its realism. The pace was spot on. I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a wonderful sweet romance with a bit of heat.
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For the love of Patrick by Shannon Rouchelle
Category: Contemporary Romance
Length: 45 pages
TBR Reviewer: Shyla
Rating: 3 Stars - A Good Read
Heat: 2/5 - Flirty
Ms. Rouchelle switches things around in this story with our hero as the dancer looking for love. Wronged by the woman he thought was the one, Patrick’s sworn off women for over a year. But Valentine ’s Day has come around, and his hopefulness pays off when he sees a woman who catches his eye. Life gets in the way when he’s accosted and fate begins to play a game of keep away with the two potential lovers. Allison Stewart is a woman still climbing her way out of the pit her last break-up left her in a year prior. At the insistence of a friend, she heads out to the local club where male dancers will be performing. From there, her life changes, and so does her luck in love.
While I loved Rouchelle’s ingenuity, I really wanted more depth from the characters. I didn’t feel like I knew who they were or why they’d work well together. We spent most of our time watching “The chase” as life sent them in different directions, and I would’ve liked a bit more time spent on their actual connection and courtship. Filled with humor, and a unique plot line, this was a story that stands out.
I adored this book! It’s a fabulous combination of unexpected incidents, strong personalities, and passion. I liked Amelia from the first page. She’s strong and independent in a time where standing out brings scandal. It takes a special woman to go against the grain in times where the smallest step away from convenience could set tongues wagging.
After losing her mother and father, Amelia has a major problem. Her Uncle, who’s now her caretaker plans to relocate to America. Hell bent on staying in her beloved England she enlists the help of friends, and comes up with a plan. She’ll use the four weeks meant for settling her affairs to find herself a husband. This proves to be easier said than done with Richard, Lord Goldstone there to thwart her attempts. The handsome Scotsman is brash, bold, and arrogant. He sparks her anger, and in that same breath, her desire. As he awakens the woman inside her, she begins to rethink her plan. Perhaps a marriage born of love is what she should have.
Richard, aka, Lord Goldstone was a refreshing twist in the plot! Witty, mischievous and bold, he’s Amelia’s match. The sexual tension between them is built up wonderfully, and Ms. Marie gave the couple just the right amount of push and pull. She kept me on the edge of my seat wondering if the two were ever going to get it together and find their happy medium.
Ms. Marie’s historical accounts were spot on. I’ve always enjoyed getting a glimpse into the past, and she does a wonderful job of delivering that while giving her heroine spunk, and bravery.
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This book is brilliantly written. I love stories that have a strong foot hold in reality. If you think you’ve read every vampire book there is, this one will not disappoint you. I was completely sucked in from the start. I’ve always wondered what would happen if the birth of vampires was linked to the twelve apostles, and Batiste has given me my answer.
Turned into vampires after drinking Jesus’s blood from the Holy Grail, the twelve apostles are doomed to an eternal existence, until they can track down the daughter with the proper lineage and use her in a ritual that will turn them all human. I’d like to go into more detail here, but that’s the fun part of reading this story, the discovery, the mystery, and the myth. Baptiste is a mastermind with a knack for painting details, and pacing. I loved the blend of romance, adventure, and dialogue.
The characters were all memorable, and while Kellan and Nicole are the stars, each of them play a part in this epic narrative. Our hero Kellan, has what’d I’d call a Peter Pan Syndrome. He has some growing up to do, and Nicole, who was meant to be a means to an end, turns his life upside down forcing him to take a long look at himself in the mirror. It’s amazing what a connection to someone and the beginning of love can do to a person.
Nicole is impossible not to love. She’s a kind-hearted soul intent on doing good for others. It’s a rarity nowadays. She was well suited for the role she was being placed in. I don’t think anyone else would’ve been able to move Kellan the way she did with her sweetness and sincerity. I don’t want to go into too much detail, because this is truly that unfolds with plot bombs that make your head spin. In the best possible way, of course.
I highly recommend this fresh take on vampires.
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