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No Woman Left Behind: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Six - Julie Moffett

Layla’s pattern is long established -she vows, she craves, she gives in. But like any good addict, she always swears this is the last time. Layla tries , her therapist has given her some “management  tools” to get her through the hard times. But that too has become part of her ritual. Layla had lost her fiance John two weeks before her wedding. She held him as he died as he was murdered and she was also attacked. But Layla suffered with guilt and felt it was her fault. When the craving got to bad  she went to an underground sex club that John had taken her to the first time she went there and had meaningless ex so she didn’t have to feel. She had been doing this for the last year and a half. Layla made a set of rules that she made for her protection. Then she meets Michael and he isn’t the type to follow rules so he is dangerous to Layla  he is a Homicide Detective but he can give Layla what she needs. Layla and Michael do feel a connection- more than usual for Layla as she usually just has one night stands. Michael wants Layla more than he has ever wanted anyone else. Michael goes right through Layla’s walls, defenses, and rules that she had made to protect herself.

I did enjoy reading this book. It did confuse me for awhile it did drag for me at times. I felt so very bad for Layla and what she had went through. I loved Layla and Michael together. I liked the plots and there was hot sex scenes in this book. I enjoyed the twists in this story. I felt like I was there with Layla. I loved seeing Layla heal and get herself back together with Michael help. I loved the characters and the twists and ins and outs of this book and I recommend this. Layla’s pattern is long established -she vows, she craves, she gives in. But like any good addict, she always swears this is the last time. Layla tries , her therapist has given her some “management  tools” to get her through the hard times. But that too has become part of her ritual. Layla had lost her fiance John two weeks before her wedding. She held him as he died as he was murdered and she was also attacked. But Layla suffered with guilt and felt it was her fault. When the craving got to bad she went to an underground sex club that John had taken her to the first time she went there and had meaningless ex so she didn’t have to feel. She had been doing this for the last year and a half. Layla made a set of rules that she made for her protection. Then she meets Michael and he isn’t the type to follow rules so he is dangerous to Layla he is a Homicide Detective but he can give Layla what she needs. Layla and Michael do feel a connection- more than usual for Layla as  she usually just has one night stands. Michael wants Layla more than he has ever wanted anyone else. Michael goes right through Layla’s walls, defenses, and rules that she had made to protect herself.

I did enjoy reading this book. It did confuse me for awhile it did drag for me at times. I felt so very bad for Layla and what she had went through. I loved Layla and Michael together. I liked the plots and there was hot sex scenes in this book. I enjoyed the twists in this story. I felt like I was there with Layla. I loved seeing Layla heal and get herself back together with Michael help. I loved the characters and the twists and ins and outs of this book and I recommend this. Layla’s pattern is long established -she vows, she craves, she gives in. But like any good addict, she always swears this is the last time. Layla tries , her therapist has given her some “management  tools” to get her through the hard times. But that too has become part of her ritual. Layla had lost her fiance John two weeks before her wedding. She held him as he died as he was murdered and she was also attacked. But Layla suffered with guilt and felt it was her fault. When the craving got to bad she went to an underground sex club that John had taken her to the first time she went there and had meaningless ex so she didn’t have to feel. She had been doing this for the last year and a half. Layla made a set of rules that she made for her protection. Then she meets Michael and he isn’t the type to follow rules so he is dangerous to Layla he is a Homicide Detective but he can give Layla what she needs. Layla and Michael do feel a connection- more than usual for Layla as  she usually just has one night stands. Michael wants Layla more than he has ever wanted anyone else. Michael goes right through Layla’s walls, defenses, and rules that she had made to protect herself.

I did enjoy reading this book. It did confuse me for awhile it did drag for me at times. I felt so very bad for Layla and what she had went through. I loved Layla and Michael together. I liked the plots and there was hot sex scenes in this book. I enjoyed the twists in this story. I felt like I was there with Layla. I loved seeing Layla heal and get herself back together with Michael help. I loved the characters and the twists and ins and outs of this book and I recommend this. Layla’s pattern is long established -she vows, she craves, she gives in. But like any good addict, she always swears this is the last time. Layla tries , her therapist has given her some “management  tools” to get her through the hard times. But that too has become part of her ritual. Layla had lost her fiance John two weeks before her wedding. She held him as he died as he was murdered and she was also attacked. But Layla suffered with guilt and felt it was her fault. When the craving got to bad she went to an underground sex club that John had taken her to the first time she went there and had meaningless ex so she didn’t have to feel. She had been doing this for the last year and a half. Layla made a set of rules that she made for her protection. Then she meets Michael and he isn’t the type to follow rules so he is dangerous to Layla he is a Homicide Detective but he can give Layla what she needs. Layla and Michael do feel a connection- more than usual for Layla as  she usually just has one night stands. Michael wants Layla more than he has ever wanted anyone else. Michael goes right through Layla’s walls, defenses, and rules that she had made to protect herself.

I did enjoy reading this book. It did confuse me for awhile it did drag for me at times. I felt so very bad for Layla and what she had went through. I loved Layla and Michael together. I liked the plots and there was hot sex scenes in this book. I enjoyed the twists in this story. I felt like I was there with Layla. I loved seeing Layla heal and get herself back together with Michael help. I loved the characters and the twists and ins and outs of this book and I recommend this.

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Crave (Undone Book 1) - Jennifer Dawson

Layla’s pattern is long established -she vows, she craves, she gives in. But like any good addict, she always swears this is the last time. Layla tries , her therapist has given her some “management  tools” to get her through the hard times. But that too has become part of her ritual. Layla had lost her fiance John two weeks before her wedding. She held him as he died as he was murdered and she was also attacked. But Layla suffered with guilt and felt it was her fault. When the craving got to bad  she went to an underground sex club that John had taken her to the first time she went there and had meaningless ex so she didn’t have to feel. She had been doing this for the last year and a half. Layla made a set of rules that she made for her protection. Then she meets Michael and he isn’t the type to follow rules so he is dangerous to Layla  he is a Homicide Detective but he can give Layla what she needs. Layla and Michael do feel a connection- more than usual for Layla as she usually just has one night stands. Michael wants Layla more than he has ever wanted anyone else. Michael goes right through Layla’s walls, defenses, and rules that she had made to protect herself.

I did enjoy reading this book. It did confuse me for awhile it did drag for me at times. I felt so very bad for Layla and what she had went through. I loved Layla and Michael together. I liked the plots and there was hot sex scenes in this book. I enjoyed the twists in this story. I felt like I was there with Layla. I loved seeing Layla heal and get herself back together with Michael help. I loved the characters and the twists and ins and outs of this book and I recommend this.

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Don't Lose Her (Max Freeman Mysteries) - Jonathon King

Diane was a forty three year old eight month pregnant judge. She felt huge and it was hard for her to get comfortable. Diane is looking out a atypical scene in her courtroom.  As usual a team of federal prosecutors to her left. Two of whom she had before in her past. But at the defense table s a bevy of lawyers and Juan Manuel Escalante who is a known drug cartel leader who was lured to Florida through a DEA scheme and then arrested by the Feds. There is no jury before Diane. The decision on this case was hers alone. Juan brought up Diane’s and her unborn child’s health.  Diane was not sure if it was a threat or not. The obstetrician said the only way he would let Diane keep working if she avoided undue stress. She needed to relax. Then she is going to a cafe for lunch and is pulled into a van. Diane is married to a lawyer , Billy who hires his close friend and former police officer -Max- turned private detective to find out what he could by any means necessary. Diane is determined to get away from her kidnappers and the baby be fine in her stomach. Diane has been a judge for several years and she has dealt with every criminal imaginable so being a hostage she is more aware.

I didn’t really care for this book. I just didn’t connect with it. That wasn’t the books fault it just didn’t catch or keep my interest. I had action right from the start. I don’t really know why but this just wasn’t for me. But I am sure someone will really enjoy it.

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Legendary Beast - Barbara J. Hancock

Madeline drew yet another picture of the white wolf from her memory. No matter how many times she drew his likeness she never exercised him from her mind.Good that she remembered in case she had to protect her son Trevor if the white wolf came back. That story day she had woken up hundreds of years ago it had been Vasilisa who had broken the crystal chamber and taken Trevor to keep him safe Madeline had slept over one thousand years when ill.  Vasilisa had been the cool presence that had helped her. Madeline had woken from a long illness but ehr mind hadn’t. Every sight that met her eyes dazzled confused her. The Queen encouraged her drawings. There was a life very unlike the world she had woken to on Vasilisa’s island Krajina that she had lived. Vasilisa was the Light Valkyrie Queen. Madeline protected her when she realized that Vasilisa had protected Trevor from the white wolf. Vasilisa had rushed to break the crystal chamber when the white wolf appeared on the island. His appearance had woken Madeline from her long sleep. She had risen to face his attack but she hadn’t been strong enough, Vasilisa explained everything as she helped Madeline. Most of all she took care of Madeline’s infant son Trevor who was still sleeping. She explained Trevor had to wake up slowly. Madeline hadn't forgotten her baby, the white wolf, or her ruby sword. Vasilisa treated Madeline like a daughter and Trevor as a grandson. Vasilisa had said the white wolf  had once been her champion but he had become wild and a savage monster that could no longer be trusted. Madeline exercised in secret and was growing stronger every day. Then there was a sudden quacking of the earth beneath Madeline’s feet when she got up and looked back out the window the Queen and Trevor were gone. The palace was under attack but it wasn’t the white wolf it was witches fighting each other. She noticed the witches attacking had black marks on their forehead. She heard a voice say this way from one of Vasilisa’s sitting rooms and the door clicked shut and there was only darkness. Madeline said she was looking for Trevor. The voice explained “they’ve taken him and the queen’s last orders was that I should keep you safe.” It was one of Vasilisa’s older servants. Then Madeline wanted to help fight but the woman said “ sleep now then you can seek the white wolf’s help. The last thing Madeline heard was the white wolf's howl. The journey from Krajina had been long. Vasilisa had told Madeline that she had once been a warrior for the light. Madeline felt the truth in her heart. But now there wasn’t any sort of  ability in her muscles or her mind. To Lev Romanov - the white wolf himself. Legend said Vasilisa had created champion shapeshifters to stand with her against the Dark. She had forged three enchanted swords to be wielded by the wolves mates. Madeline knew she had to save Trevor. Then a woman offered Madeline some tea Madeline knew there was a but Madeline knew something was wrong and told the woman and refused it the woman said your link to the white wolf was brk=oken. Then Madeline demanded where her son was. But the witch backing away and now had the black marks appear on her forehead. Then the witch said it didn’t matter she’d be back and she wouldn’t be alone. The Valkyrie assassin got away. The savage white wolf was a shapeshifter and at one time had been her husband and Trevor’s father. Madeline knew she had been told the white wolf couldn’t be trusted but she had no one else to turn to for help. Back when she had awoken the white wolf had finally found her but she treated him like an enemy. Madeline had raised her sword and had wanted to kill him he then became a broken man and his twin brother-Soren took him home.  He was still the man he had shifted into on that day as he was unable to shift into a wolf since. He had protected Madeline and Trevor against Vasilisa as she was cursed. When she got to the castle she recognized no one until she seen Anna - Vasilisa’s daughter and the Light Valkyrie’s princess. And she said “ she marked them they had once Light but they’d been corrupted by their thirst for power. Then she added” you came for Lev’s help.but he hasn’t recovered, he may never recover. She had seen Lev for the first time in six months Lev decided her would get Trevor back to Madeline and kill Vasilisa and then go from there alone and wild.

I enjoyed this book. From the first page until the last. This had a great plot. I didn’t like how magic  could make Madeline not remember her mate/husband Lev at least in some sense deep within her. This had : witches, Valkyrie queen and princess. curses, betrayal, misunderstandings, evil, trust issues, white wolf, shifters, magical swords, a long sleep, and so much more. I advise you to read the series in order for an easier smoother read. I loved Lev and Madeline together. This story had me from page one until the last page. I would have liked to rate this a 4.5. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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A Billionaire Wolf for Christmas - Terry Spear

Aidan was a gray wolf shifter as well as a doctor who needed new wolves to test. He was searching for a cure for the lupus garou’s reduced longevity. He must now wait until after the Christmas holiday. Maybe his twin brother  Rafe was right. Perhaps joining Rafe and his family early would give Aidan the break he needed and he would gain new insight into what was happening to their kind. Aidan was worried he'd fail in his mission when so many people were counting on him. The concern among the wolf shifters was that if something in their environment or genetics had caused them to live shorter lives , their lives may continue shorten and they would eventually age quicker than humans. Aidan was known to be obsessed and a workaholic. Ted and Mike were Aidan’s bodyguards his brother had hired to protect and guard  Aidan and they were surprised to see him out of the lab so early that day. Then Aidan got a call from Everett Johnson from a wolf pack in Montana. The Seattle pack would not let test their blood they didn’t even allow any other wolves near their territory just their own pack. Everett called to let them know an older wolf had been shunned for no good reason by the pack leader after losing his mate. If he could find the wolf-Nick he might let Aidan take a sample. Dr Holly Gray was going looking for Nick alone as she previously couldn't find him. Aidan had stooped a little boy who was a shifter from the store he was being kidnapped but Aidan stopped the woman even after she hit in the head with her purse that had a gun in it. But He still help on to the woman and she was arrested. Holly and her sister had the little boy- Joey with them when he got away from them.  Holly hadn’t met another male wolf she was instantly attracted to until she met Aidan. Holly met with Aidan and Ted and Mike and her brother-Greg was with her and they spotted Nick but it was too late to go to him. They would try again the next morning.

I loved this book -again the author did an absolutely great job. I didn’t want to put this down. I loved Aidan and Holly together and how they interacted. I loved that Aidan and his brother Rafe were willing to help any wolf who needed help if they could. I was glad Ronald was changing his way as well as Jared I loved how Rafe was so protective of Aidan. I loved the plot and pace of this book. Happily I can find nothing to criticize in this book.I love the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.  

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Consumed - J.R. Ward

Anne was the only female fire fighter at her fire station, her nickname was sister as her father had died a hero during a fire and her brother- Tom was captain at another fire station. There is a fore at an old warehouse and Anne and her partner- Amy- Chevez go into the warehouse looking for people who were squatting in the warehouse to get out to get out before things get worse. When they were almost done with the bottom floor Anne told Amy to go ahead and do the upstairs at first Amy said no  as that was going against the order to stay together at all times but then Amy went up giving into Anne. Anne had a one time fling with Danny who was the one man that was always with a lot of women. But what anne doesn’t know is Danny is in love with her but he knew Anne refused to settle down and marry and be like her mother who she had no respect for and had nothing in common witn. What Danny doesn’t know is Anne is in love with Danny. Danny is another firefighter from the same station. Anne gets trapped and the fire blazes toward her. She can’t free her hand. Then she sees someone through the smoke and it’s Danny and even though he was told not to go in the warehouse he went in after Anne anyway. He tells him to leave she can’t free her hand and neither could Danny. Anne told Danny to go she was done. Danny told her if she died he would die with her. So Anne then told Danny to cut off her hand finally that is exactly what Danny did and handed her out of the  warehouse that was collapsing but ANne screamed for Danny as she didn’t see him come out. Danny got trapped himself but he is pulled from the warehouse but barely alive. When Anne comes to she is in the hospital and Tom is there and he told her he had been waiting for the day when he had to tell their mother she too had died in a fire like their father. Tom and Anne always argued just like today and it always ended up in a standoff every since she had entered the fire academy. Anne felt like maybe she would have been better off dying as she could no longer be a firefighter and that had been her life. Anne forced her self up from her hospital bed and was determined to see Danny she had called and he had a room in the hospital. The nurse tried to talk Anne into going back to bed but Anne didn’t listen. As Anne got to the elevator and her head was swimming she felt something hit the back of her legs and she fell back into a wheelchair Moose- a brother firefighter from their station- and he took Anne to the ICU to see Danny. No one would admit how bad Danny was and he may not make it. Moose was Danny’s former roommate before he married. But Danny was Moose’s best friend and he was so afraid for Danny. Anne went into Danny’s room and whispered to him “ why didn’t you leave me?” Danny woke and with tremendous will he said “couldn’t leave you”and then all kinds of alarms went off and Anne was passed back out to Moose by the ICU staff but Danny was still looking out to Anne until he was blocked by  some staff. Ten months later Anne was a Fire Inspector that was as close as she could now get to her old job. She was now part of the Arson Investigation and Fire Inspection Division of The New Brunswick Fire Department. Anne hadn’t seen Danny since that day in ICU , with both of them doing what they had to do to recover. Then she heard Danny was back on the job at the 499. Three months earlier Danny had left a drunk voicemail on her phone , it was the middle of the night then a female said his name. So no contact. Then Moose called her to talk to Danny as he was on a downward destructive spiral path.

I loved this book. When I first started reading this book I wasn’t so sure as I had so loved J R Ward’s series Black Dagger Brotherhood. But this was a great book and I was happy I read this. I loved Danny and Anne together. I was so happy when Anne worked things out with her family. I also loved when Anne finally gave into her feelings. I was so sad the way Moose turned out. As you maybe able to tell I felt like I was there and knew these characters. This draws you in and doesn’t let go until the very last page. I loved how close the firefighters all were. I felt like the author let us know what is was like to be a firefighter and the dangers and gave us the chance to read about some situations that happen. It just read very realistically. Happily I could find nothing to criticize in this book. I loved the plot and pace also. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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Treasured Claim - Jami Gold

Elaina had jewelry trickle through his fingers. Humans didn’t make treasures like they used to- such a shame.  She curled her fist around a large ruby a weak dribble of energy from her talisman inches up her arm. A sluggish rhythm still beat in Elaina’s chest and gnawing starvation still chilled ehr limbs. She had to find some more prizes. She had to take advantage of ehr natural talent, to score an addition to her hoard at tonight's party or she deserved to die. Thievery wasn’t  as bad as committing murder right? Besides she had weakened herself by selling off a bracelet to buy an outfit for the ruse tonight. One brilliant success coming up or a deadly failure. One of the two for sure. She put the ruby in the lockbox, habit had her fingers through the steps required to protect the metal case, activate the triple security lock on the safe , insert the false bottom of the filing cabinet in her bathrooms closet and engage the deadly bolt. Full strength dragons would laugh at her feeble defensive but it was all she could afford. Stefano catered all the ritziest parties in the metro area , the employees knew her as Linda, a front office employee- who was dressed for kitchen prep tonight. Alex knew tonight was important to risk upsetting donors, even though those women willing to throw themselves at him for the temptation of money. Damned gold diggers. Years of experience had taught him what that type really was. His entire life, every woman on his arm had been lured to his father’s side after the man flaunted his   wallet. He blamed his father for the betrayal more than the women he’d been shallow enough to chose. As Alex went to the dais to start the the interest going in donating for the charitable event., he notices a woman in a red dress entering the ballroom. Every nerve ending sprang to attention , focusing on her. The more he looked at her, the more she struck him as unlike any woman he had ever seen. Elaina is on the run from her murderous father and doesn’t believe in love after her parents .Elaina chose to live away from other dragons to be as far away from her father as she could. She wants to to be as far away from her father as possible. Then Elaina’s first heist goes really wrong as Alex can see her for what she really is - a dragon. The only humans that can see dragons and sense their weaknesses are hereditary knights with the irresistible desire to kill dragons. But instead Alex and Elaina have a hot relationship, Alex doesn’t want to kill her but woos her with gifts that help build Elaina’s strength and fills her lonely heart. Then Elaina’s father  figures out where she is and sets out to destroy Alex’s empire to get to Elainaback,. Elaina leaves Alex to find her father and kill him.

I really enjoyed reading this book. I also enjoyed the new spin- at least for me- on dragon shifters. This made me chuckle at times and choke up at others. I loved the plot. I did love Alex and Elaina together and how they interacted and how they helped and healed each other. I really enjoyed the action. I also really liked  the ending. I liked how the author linked dragon shifters to their hoard. This was a new twist for me. The authors description of dragons was great in my opinion. I wish I could rate this 4.5. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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Defying Fate - Heidi Lis, Emma Mack

Waking up Izzy felt refreshed even though she had slept on the floor. That all she had in the two bedroom house she rented was what she could fit in her car. She left the rest in Iowa.Dominic is Izzy’s ex and took everything from her and left her broke.Kara is Izzy’s best friend but also is Dominic’s sister and helps Izzy escape.   She only had the essentials. Izzy’s family hates her now. and she had them behind her. The stares and the gossip about Izzy was spreading like wildfire. Izzy ended up in Washington state. She lived in Monroe now. A small town with a great feel to it. Izzy knew she needed to get a job. Izzy felt to sleep in a bed and cook a meal for herself would feel like heaven. Evelyn was the homeowner Izzy knew she would love her. Kara called Izzy to check o  her, she had already told Izzy to find a hot biker and leave. They both loved bikers from when they were teens and read MC books. Izzy was out planting some flowers when she realized someone was there, it turned out to be a little girl of six or seven.They started to talk the little girl was Eve and she lived at the end of the block. She says her money isnt around but she lives with her daddy. Izzy says if it is ok with her daddy Eve can come over the next day and help. Izzy wondered how long it had been since she had a fun time with another female.  Izzy and Eve planted flowers for two hours. Eve was like the daughter she would never have. Izzy carrying a child is close to zero, Domonic toje that form her. On Saturday morning Izzy is woke up to knocking on her door and it’s Eve They spend time together then her dad- Braxton Ryles /Brax stops by, Brax is Hot and TROUBLE. Then Eve’s dad offers Izzy a job at his shop as a front office girl. The shop is Ryles Custom Shop. Brax surprises Izzy so much she is out of her element. Brax is like a tornado ready to knock Izzy on her butt. He just blew into her life , and she somehow changed it forever. Braxton will do anything to make Eve happy.  What’s it gonna be like working for this smooth-talking- sexy-as- hell badass biker? Saturday night Brax showed up with dinner for her. He had grilled chicken and said “didn’t want you going hungry”, winked at her and left to walk back down the street to his house. Izzy likes calling him Braxton. Izzy realizes Braxton may be complex,and a master of mind games, but he is also vulnerable. He is a man in need of something special. He also has a big heart. Braxton’s best friends/co-workers are Knox and Brody. Eve’s mother is Tiffany and trying to be a mom although Braxton has his doubts in that. Tiffany comes into Izzy’s office at work when she is hugging Braxton in comfort and Tiffany tells Brax have that girl-Izzy- to take her hands off Braxton. Brax tells Tiffany she lost the right to say anything a long time ago as he pulled Izzy closer to him. Tiffany won’t let go even though Braxton told her they had been over a long time. She doesn’t want Braxton but wants no one else to have him.Tiffany tracks down Dominic and tells him everything and   Dominic is determined Izzy is going to be with no one but him, and he knows about Izzy and Braxton and where Izzy is. Dominic kidnaps Izzy and tortures her, he even cuts her. Kara is determined Izzy will be free of Dominic.

I absolutely loved this book I loved Izzy and Braxton together and how they interacted except when he hurt her emotionally. I loved Eve and felt she definitely added to this book/ I loved the drama, suspense, and betrayal in this book. I loved how Kara was such a best friend to Izzy especially as she was Dominic’s sister but then again… This book takes you on an emotional roller coaster but you don’t want to put this down. This had me from page one until the last page. This made me chuckle at times and choke up at others. I loved the twists and turns . The author did handle the subject of domestic violence very good in this book. I do think Izzy fell a little too hard fr Braxton a little too quick especially after what Dominic put her through. She also forgave Braxton too easily after he hurt her emotionally because he made a mistake hasn't she been through enough get some backbone Izzy. This was a great debut novel in my opinion. I hated Tiffany but more so Dominic but that was their purpose. I loved this book, the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I highly recommend it.

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Five Days in Skye - Carla Laureano

Andrea was glad they couldn’t fire her. She tried to figure out how things went wrong ro quickly. She had been on the verge of closing a half-million -dollar deal. The next thing she knew she’d nearly broken her hand on the jaw of a client who thought her company offerings extended to favors she had no intention of delivering. Three years it took her to work towards VIP of Sales  all down the drain because of one man. Who wouldn’t keep his hands to himself. Her company wouldn’t risk an ugly public legal battle. They didn’t have to her boss had other more subtle means of showing displeasure. As punishment went Scotland was a big one. She was going on a business trip to Scotland. If only Andrea had managed to keep her temper she would have been next week in the tropics with the promise of a fat commission and a guaranteed promotion not serving time in Scotland babysitting a celebrity client who who suddenly wanted to dabble in the hotel business. James McDonald who was a celebrity chef she had never heard of. This man had half a dozen restaurants, four cookbooks, and  his own tv show. Andrea was sitting in a bar in London stating she should be in a plane to Tahiti not in a bar in London drinking a mediocre glass of wine. Then she heard a man say” That’s because you go to Paris to drink wine, you come to London to drink Ale.” Andrea introduced herself and he introduced himself as Mac.nHe asked why, she was there instead of the South Pacific and she said she was doing research on the owner of the pub. She asked Mac if he knew Mr. MacDonald and he said it depended she said she was asking as she was meeting with him tomorrow and she was looking for some background. Mac asked if she was always this unprepared and Andrea said she had only got the call from her office a few hours ago. Then Mac said he felt the pub was a good reflection of Mac- comfortable. Slightly sophisticated. Andrea said she didn't like being unprepared . She’s used to dealing with a hotel group with hundreds of properties not celebrities with nothing better to do than play innkeeper. Then the bartender said he thought that was the first time not only has a woman not fallen over him, she insulted him to his face He added he wouldn’t  worry to much he thought Mac rather liked her. Andrea knew she had to get this account if she wanted to get back in her boss’s good graces. How many times had Andrea lectured her junior account manager on the importance of maintaining professionalism at all times? Yet she didn’t practice what she preached lately. It had been years since a man had rattled her like Mac did. Mac couldn’t have accomplished all he had by thirty five without a sharp mind and plenty of talent as well as hard work and sacrifice. James was a dead man when Mac got to him. Mac needed guidance after all he did and had. Mac thinks Andrea needs to relax and he’d decided it his mission to get her to relax.

I enjoyed this book. It was a good Christian romance. I liked James and Andrea together. This was a very good debut novel in my opinion. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. I loved how James and Andrea interacted with each other. How can Andrea be punished when Andrea was sexually harassed by a client? I liked the ending. I really enjoyed the description of Scotland and Isle of Skye but also the food James made - yuuuum! I  do believe that Andrea protested a little too much on her feelings for James. I like the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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Touch the Sky - Kari Cole

Hannah’s mother asked her what she was doing in the private bathroom in her father’s law office. She said she would be out shortly. Then her mother told her to hurry up as her father’s guests were  arriving. Hannah had never been so sick. She couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her. Werewolves didn’t get viruses. Every since her afternoon coffee fix she had gotten worse. It was the law firms annual holiday party and it required all hands on deck to charm the clients into more billable hours. Her father introduced her to a new client - Macon Crawford and she wanted to shake hands with him. His ring pressed against her skin and seared her flesh as if he’d electrocuted her. When Hannah shut her eyes horrors she couldn’t explain invaded her mind, her mouth flooded with bile. She couldn’t speak or scream , then her whole world went black. Eight months later- Vaughn Ellis was at The Golden Claw where shifters and humans went. They all scrambled out of Vaughn’s way as he managed to intimidate everyone.  Vaughn was the sheriff and he represented his pack as well as the whole county. His mother and aunt Veronica gets mad when he scares their customers. Vaughn was the offspring of an eagle and a werewolf. He wasn’t supposed to exist as different wereanimals weren’t supposed to have children together. Four months ago a company named Apex was behind a land grab -Vaughn told his Alpha -Luke  in the packs territory Apex had brought in soldiers and incited a group of traitors within the pack. Among the many crimes that could be laid at their feet - the traitors had murdered Luke’s father and Vaughn’s uncle- the previous Alpha and Beta. Since then Vaughn has been trying to track down the werewolf who led the rogues anyone connected to the company. Hannan had a full grown timber wolf Frost at her side. A few months back Hannah would have joined in the fun. But now she was in thrift store clothes and no money Then her mother’s cousin Jesse saw and came up to Hannah. Then Hannah told Jesse she needed her help. Hse needed to know how to control her abilities. Her mother had basically made Jesse leave when Hannah was twelve. Hannah tells Jesse her gran had left  her a letter after her gran had passed away with Jesse’s address and phone number. Hannah had psychometry. It made her pass out if she wasn’t careful and see things benign and terrible. Psychically is reading the history of objects, it can be intense even horrible but having to wear leather gloves? Hannah said she was trying to control it but it became uncontrollable. Then Hannah was introduced to Rose while talking to Jesse. She heard a noise and then knew they had found her, she dove to the floor and after the gun exploded pain ripped through her right side. Then someone stepped on her arm, her hair, and skin. A tennis shoe collided with the side of her head. Then a huge man came up to her and told Frost to shut up and he did. The male had storm colored eyes and pressed a cloth to her side and Hannah passed out. When Hannah came to she tried to get up a healer came in and told her she was going to end up ripping out her stitches if she didn’t stay still then Sarah would have to put them back in. The guy who had sent Hannah all her fake paperwork had been adamant she always have matching documentation. Discovery was less about skill of a tracker, more about the stupidity of the runner. Of the runner. Luke said she’s hiding something but Vaughn already knew that. When Vaughn was working he hunted the traitor werewolf and Apex. Caine’s sometime  partner and his only equal in Apex was Jackson Knoll. Dr Hermann was working on the serum, running tests on shifters. The submission factor was proving problematic over a prolonged period when combined with the factors for enhanced abilities and strength there was a significant instability. Dr. Hermann said they were closer than ever to recreating the previous serum and perfecting one for mass use. Once Hannah got to Jesse’s house she got on her laptop and Raze had typed Where have you been? Hannah had not met Raze in person she didn’t know if he was human or what. He assured ehr Apex didn’t know she was there yet but she had better hurry and learn what she needed to. Raze kept her one step ahead of Apex and it’s hunters. There was a pack run and Hannah had been invited to attend by the Alpha for jumping in and defending Sarah the healer and her pups. Dean was the Beta of the pack and Sarah’s mate and one oh Vaughn’s deputies. When Hannah got there Vaughn showed he other single male wolves she was his and for the first time ever both eagle and wolf agreed on a woman. Hannah was having serxy thoughts about Vaughn and he her. Vaughn and Hannah were being playful then they slipped away to be alone.

I really liked this book. I liked the plot a lot. This did drag for me at times. I advise you to read the first book in this series for a smoother read. I loved Frost in this book and felt he really added to this book. I think Hannah should have told Vaughn she was a witch and a ware when he told her he was a double shifter. I loved the intrigue and suspense. I would have liked to know a little less about the bad guys so there was more mystery. I felt bad for how Vaughn was treated for something from no fault of his own- being a double shifter. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend this.

Great Story and Characters

Colliding Hearts - Eva Chase

Jeremy Keane doesn't let himself get too attached to anything. After all, a single slip of his telekinetic ability can send him on the run. So when he uses his power to save a stranger's life, he knows better than to stick around, even if one look into her big brown eyes makes all his defenses melt. If only she weren't so damned persistent. Grace Trevell knows she's spent too long reeling from her mother's abandonment and her grandmother's death. It's time to make new friends, fall in love, and build a true home for herself. So when a gorgeous guy risks his life to save hers, she's not letting him just walk away. But Jeremy is keeping secrets beyond anything she could imagine.

I really liked this story. I liked following the story of Grace and Jeremy. I especially like the instant pull he seemed to feel for her that causes this change in his life and priorities. I can’t wait to read the next story in this series.

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Loved It

Claimed by Gods - eva chase

I thought I'd survived everything life could throw at me. All I wanted was to keep my distance from the criminals I work for and get my little brother out of the hell that is our mother's house. Then I died and woke up to four stunningly hot gods telling me I'm now a valkyrie. Sly, sharp Loki. Jovial but ferocious Thor. Dreamily compassionate Baldur. Grim and secretive Hod. They all have something to teach me. And around them, my walls start to crack. But the gods didn't summon me just for kicks. Their king is missing, and they need me to find him. The first three valkyries they sent on the job never made it back. More power is awakening in me than I could ever have imagined—and the gods' enemies are more devious than even they knew. It's going to take every trick in the book for me to save myself, my brother, and these divine men who're getting under my skin in the most alluring way. I'm Aria Watson, and Valhalla ain't seen nothing yet.
This book has the underlying plot of a reverse harem, a genre that seems to be popping up more and more, but the premise caught my attention so I thought I’d give it a try. I Unlike Roman and Greek mythology, I’m not too familiar with Norse mythology, with the exception of what I’ve seen in Marvel movies, so when the descriptions of Thor and Loki occur, I couldn’t help compare them to the actors that play those characters in the movies (as well as hear their voices throughout the book). There were a few small things that annoyed me in the story, but overall I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the other two parts. After reading another book by this author, I think I may have found a new favorite author!
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Decent Book

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo - Kerrigan Byrne

Lorelei will never forget the night she rescued the broken dark angel in the woods, a devilishly handsome man who haunts her dreams to this day. Crippled as a child, she devoted herself to healing the poor tortured man. And when he left, he took a piece of her heart with him. Now, after all these years, The Rook has returned. Like a phantom, he sweeps back into her life and avenges those who wronged her. But can she trust a man who’s been branded a rebel, a thief, and a killer? And can she trust herself to resist him when he takes her in his arms?

This story starts at the beginning of the Rook’s tragic life. The reader is given the pieces to the Rook’s life that is taken from him. The entire story, as it unravels, is really about all of the horrors the Rook has went through and what he goes through to get back to the angel that saved him early on. My one complaint is that it seemed like the author had to find every possible bad thing that could happen to the Rook and make it happen, not to mention the crappy life that Lorelei had. This has happened in other books that I’ve read by this author and it tends to bring down the books just a little for me.

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Loved It

The Duke of Desire - Darcy Burke

Ten years ago Ivy Breckenridge’s life was ruined. She had to reinvent herself, and now, after painstakingly making her own way in the world, she’s nearly forgotten the dreams of home and family she’d once nurtured. Until one man peers into her soul and awakens every one of her hidden desires. But no matter how good he makes her feel, she can’t trust him—alone by choice is better than alone by necessity. With a notorious reputation for training married women in the art of passion, Sebastian Westgate, Duke of Clare, is reviled by some and celebrated by others. He doesn’t allow anyone close enough to see past his charming exterior. When Ivy uncovers the man beneath, the seducer is suddenly the seduced. Enraptured by her mind and spirit, he wants more but revealing his darkest secrets is a price he won’t pay.

When I started this book, I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. The premise (at least the hero’s initial story), was a bit different and I wasn’t sure if it would ruin the book as I generally don’t like books where it’s repeatedly pointed out how promiscuous one of the main characters are. However, I’m glad that Ivy’s character made me want to continue reading. I loved the unraveling of both Sebastian and Ivy. Their journey made it hard for me to put down the book until it was done. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read more from this author.

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Great Story and Characters

Stygian - Sherrilyn Kenyon

This was a preview except about Urian of the House of Aricles, not the full book. The except I read was all in the past and were the early years of Urian. While Sherrilyn Kenyon was once my absolute favorite author, I must admit that I haven’t read any of her books in several years due one being seriously disappointing. That’s not to say I haven’t bought them, I have, they are just far down on my TBR list. When I saw this excerpt pop up, I decided it was time to get back to the world she has built that I so loved. Once I started reading the excerpt, I couldn’t put it down. I breezed through it and it made me want to go back and catch back up. I can’t wait to read the rest of the book.

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Great Story and Characters

Intense Pleasure (Bound Hearts) - Lora Leigh

After a final bad mission, Summer has left her job and heading back home, where she’s only known as a Southern socialite. Unfortunately, the two men she left with her former life are determined she’s in danger and are following her home.

As with all of this author’s books, there was plenty of steam within the pages of this book. There’s also plenty of story to keep you reading. I love all of her series’ and this one was no exception. I highly recommend if you like this genre.

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