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Sentinel of Darkness  - Katie Reus

Local artist Keva might be human, but she knows about the things that go bump in the night. Years ago, a dragon shifter saved her from certain death. Ever since, she’s lived in his clan’s territory and put her life back together. But the feeling of security is only an illusion, because her past has come back to haunt her. A past with claws and fangs, demanding blood.

This was a dragon shifter novella in the author’s Darkness series. It was a pretty quick read but packed a full story about two people with very painful pasts. I really loved both Keva and Dagen. I liked seeing characters that I’ve seen in other books. I think I’ve found a new favorite author. I look forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend. 

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Bishop's Knight - Katie Reus

Evangeline/Evie  hadjust finished a thirty minute workout in her brother Ellis’s extra room, it had helped clear her head some. She had been in Miami for about a month now. She was staying in Ellis’s place as he was in hiding someplace as he was wanted for murdering one of his partners with the DEA. He had been set up Evie knew her boyscout like borhter besides that is he had murdered someone he wouldn’t have been stupid enough to be found out as the muderer. He had been charged with the crime a week ago and had gone on the run. Her brother had gone to ground and hadn’t reached out to any of them. Her older brother Evan was in a medically induced coma for three weeks so far it didn’t look like anything was changing. His office had been bombed killing several people including his fiance’s father.  She was at her brother Ellis’s now taking a break from the hospital and her phone buzzed. Not many people knew the number to this particular cell phone. The message read: I’m on the back porch. Don’t shoot me. Evie typed back: Who is this? Than it said Samara. She grabbed her pistol. She wasn’t expecting a threat but some habits would follow her to the grave. Not to mention that one of her brothers had been set up for murder. And whoever it was would pay. Whenever she figured out who that someone was. Than she opened the door to Damara but Samara was clutching her hip. A crisome line of blood dripped down her fingers. Samara rasped out it’s not as bad as it looks. Her face was pale. She said she’d been shot and she didn’t know who did it. But she thought she knew what it was about. Samara and Evie had worked ops together. Samara said she thought she knew what it was related to. She helped her friend inside and locked the door. Evie retired from the CIA months ago. Samara said she wasn’t on a job. She had come to see her and then this happened. Evie knew the bullet was still lodged in Samara she could see the bulge. Evie asked if she had been followed and Samara said she didn’t know. If Samara hadn’t been followed and they knew for sure Evie would have removed the bullet but she had to get her friend someplace safe first. Samara said this may have something to do with the Jenson job. Two people involved in that op were dead and now an attempt on Samara’s life. Samara said she had been in Orlando when she got the news about the last murderfrom someone in the op. She decided to come see Evie in person. She said she had tried calling Evie several times and only got voice mail. She had hoped Evie was ok. Evie headed to the last place she wanted to go. To the last man she wanted to see. Than Samara said you’re going to your ex Dylan? You think he’s gonna help you and your random friend? She told leo-Dylan’s head of security she needed to see Dylan, it was an emergency. The gates swung open within ten seconds. After the way things had ended between them, Evie kinda expected him to turn her away.Dylan was coming out the door as she pulled up. Evie said” my friend has been shot. I can’t call the police or go to the hospital. You have Finn Kelly on your payroll .” His expression was dark as he looked he over. She ignored the  pang in her chest at the sight of him. She didn’t know what he was thinking but he opened the car door and helped Samara out and carried her inside. Dylan said he’d take the bullet out if he could. Finn - a doctor, was too far out but finn would stitch her up. Dylan had limited medical knowledge from his time in the Marines spent in too many war zones during his years in the military. Fylan got the bullet out and used Steri strips until Finn got there. Dylan gave Samara a glass of water and a couple tablets of codeine than carried her to a guest room so she could rest. Dylan asked Evie if she was in trouble and she said” maybe”. Samara had mentioned the Jenson job but that was long over. And Jenson had been killed in prison by another prisoner. She wasn’t sure what samara had been talking about. Especially since the Jenson job was why she and Dylan had been thrown together. Although he didn’t know that. But Dylan and Evie had fallen in love but it was based on a lie. Despite what Dylon thought Evie had a heart and it was for Dylan. They went to Dylan’s office to leave Finn with samara and Dylan said”I want you to tell me why you walked the hell out after I proposed.” 

Excellent book. I loved it . this had so much to it: the CIA, FBI, DEA, treason, spies, set up ops, CIA ops, attempted murder, murder, an assasin, a greedy traitor, disguises, lies, a false start, a bombing, a brother set up for a murder, and so much more. I read this in one setting and gave up sleeping for the night as I couldn’t put this down. I had to see what was going to happen next. I told myself I would read up to sixty percent of the book and finish it the next day  but I kept reading until I was done. I loved the ending. I loved the pace and plot. I loved Dylan and Evie together and how they interacted. I felt bad Evie broke Dylan’s heart but loved how he didn’t hesitate to help and protect her and Samara. I loved how Evie helped samara even before she knew what was happening. I happily found nothing to criticize in this book. I have a new favorite book. This book grabbed my attention from the first page and held it until the last page. I loved the danger intrigue,recon, and ops. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

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Flash Point - Shelli Stevens

Kate rushed into the front of her shop. She unlocked the door and glanced around the shop. She looked at the lights surrounding the bakery display window. Baking was in her blood. 5AM she wasn’t crazy about the hours but it was part of a baker's life. Sometimes she stayed up way too late preparing for the morning baked goods. When she opened the shop- Kates Cakes- just over a year ago she’d been a little worried whether the business would sink or swim.  She made everything from scratch so her food was a little more on the pricey side. During the tourist season business boomed and the locals seemed to love her. It seemed the fresh high-quality ingredients became her selling point. A couple hours later her cupcakes and pastries filled the display case. Than a sharp knock landed on the door and she didn’t officially open for another hour and a half. Than she recognized it was Todd Wyatt. He was a hot fireman. The tension eased from her body.  She let Todd in. She gave him one of his favorite chocolate cupcakes. She was such a sucker. Todd was the youngest and the only single Wyatt brother left. She should have been repelled by his womanizing reputation but instead she was kind of fascinated with it. But she knew better than ot get involved with him. He was the one man in town who wouldn’t settle down. Todd said “ have dinner with me tonight.” Todd had never asked her out alone before, they had hung out with friends and his family more often than not. He added it was the least he could do for his cupcake dealer. She said sure. She wasn’t his types, and they’d been friends for way to long. With his brothers all married he hadn't seen Kate  as much and he missed her. At ellie’s bachelorette party Kate had hired a stripper and todd had been lecturing her and she leaned over and gave him a drunken kiss to shut him up Even though it happened five months ago in his mind it was like yesterday. He almost kissed her oddly chaste kiss back but than he remembered who she was. He had paid her tab and drove her home. Half the girls in town crushed on him because he was a fireman. He thought at times Kate did too. Than Walt went and asked Kate out to dinner, which wasn’t a surprise. Kate had been having dinner with Walt at least once a week lately. But she only had platonic feelings for Walt. At dinner Todd asked her to teach him to bake something simple to impress a girl. Than todd saw the hurt on her face and apologized. But she was quiet through the rest of their dinner and the ride to her place. Than todd told her the truth there was no girl and when she asked why he said it he answered to avoid this and passionately kissed her. She didn’t want Todd to stop but than he did and again apologized and kate went in her home and shut the door in her face. Todd than met up with his brother Tyson for a drink and he warmed Todd off of Kate. Sunday Kate went to Ellie’s yoga class and talked to her after everyone left. She told Ellie she wanted to lose her virginity and tidd was her choice she trusted him and figured he knew what he was doing sexually and she’d have one night of passion. Ellie was married to Todd’s older brother Tyson and she said she’d help Kate if she was sure but Tyson must never find out.  Ryan Wyatt was having a costume New Years Eve party Saturday and they made Todd think Kate wasn’t going instead she was suppose to be going out with Walt. Ellie helped her order a Red Riding Hood costume. Kate was nervous to wear in front of most of the town. It bugged Todd Kate wasn’t going but then he seen this woman in A Red Riding Hood costume and felt himself harden and knew he was ok. He wore a Tarzan loincloth cloth over his briefs and that was all. Once he realized it was Kate in the costume he pulled her outside. He warned kate off but she wasn’t listening. Todd took Kate to his house and they had sex. The next morning after they had made love again and Kate woke back up she reminded Todd he wasn’t one for a relationship and played it off that she had fulfilled a fantasy of sleeping with a fireman. The next day when Kate opened her shop she thought she had a gas leak and called the fire department Todd and Jeriamiah looked in the vent and found a dead animal that had been purposely put there. Someone was targeting Kate- a stone through her window, flat tires now this his brother Tyson was there for the police department and they decided they had to tell Kate. todd was already jealous of Walt and when he walked out to get Kate, Walt kissed her before she walked back to Todd. Todd wondered what was wrong with him, having Kate for a night with no strings attached was his fantasy. Something else was going on. He decided to go talk to ellie and she let it out Kate had been a virgin . Todd immediately went looking for Kate and she was dining with Walt, he told Kate to come on or he would talk to her in front of everyone. Kate left with Todd. 

I loved this book. I read it in one setting as I didn't want to put it down. I loved how Todd’s family all cared about Kate and were protective of her even against one of their own. I loved the bit of drama and suspense in this book also. I loved Todd and Kate together and how they interacted.  I loved the pace and the plot. I love dhow close Todd’s family was. If I had any complaints it would have been i would have liked some more background on both Kate and Todd.I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it. 

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Cowboys Need Not Apply  - Robert Tate Miller

No, prima donna ballerina Jessica Carmichael isn’t interested in the rough-and-tumble rodeo cowboy she met in physical therapy. In fact, she’s actively uninterested in his cocky smile, and his go-with-the-flow attitude, and how his silly little bets make her work harder than ever to fix her knee. She’d like nothing more than to strangle him, if she wasn’t so busy thinking about kissing him. Matt Walker's best hope of getting back in the saddle is charming Jessica into teaching him ballet. He needs to get back on the bronc…even if he has to get there in tights. Only the uptight ballerina lives in a completely different world, one he wouldn't touch with a ten-foot mechanical bull. But maybe the one thing she needs more than control is to lose control for once—with him.

This is a pretty decent story of opposites attract and worlds collide. I enjoyed both characters and they go through the mess that life has thrown them. I enjoyed watching them fall in love and get their HEA. I recommend.

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Sleepless in Scotland - May McGoldrick

Captain Ian Bell is a tortured man fighting through grief and guilt over the loss of his sister. When she went missing, he searched for months until he found her remains. Now, three years later as the Deputy Lieutenant of Fife, Ian still hunts for her murderer in the dangerous criminal underworld of Edinburgh. He is the ‘Night Watch’ bent on revenge even as he saves others from the same violent fate that claimed his sister. Then one night, a young woman narrowly escapes death and lands at his feet...his late sister’s best friend, Phoebe Pennington. Lady Phoebe Pennington—dreamer and storyteller to her family—is a committed reformer writing articles anonymously for an Edinburgh newspaper. One night, in an effort to acquire documents embarrassing to the city’s political leaders, Phoebe descends into the corrupt and seething netherworld known as the Vaults. When she tries to save a street urchin from an assailant, she becomes the target of a violent attack, only to be saved by the one man she has desired for years.

This was a pretty decent read. The pacing ebbed and flowed for me. I’m not sure how I feel about seeing snippets in the villain’s POV, but it didn’t detract from the story at all. I liked both Ian and Phoebe and sympathized with them and why they put themselves in the situations they found themselves in. I recommend.

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Guardian of Darkness - Katie Reus

Before five years ago, Gabriel had never met Vega, but he knows how she's going to die. He knows he'll be involved... unless he can make sure they never meet, never cross paths, so that his vision will never come true. So he left his pack behind, joined the Stavros pack and was determined to never let that future play out. To never meet her at all. Fate had other plans—and she walked right into his life when he least expected it. For the last five years he’s avoided Vega whenever possible even while trying to keep an eye on her. But when she gets cagey with her pack and disappears, he has no choice but to follow her. Now, circumstances are forcing them to work together and he’s determined to protect her against any threat. If that means dying for her, he’s more than willing to. But she doesn’t want his protection. If anything, she’s determined to prove she’s stronger than everyone thinks.

I’m not sure how I missed this one when I’ve read others from this series, but I did. As with the other books from this author, I really enjoyed this book. I really loved Gabriel and Vega as I followed them on their journey. I enjoyed meeting the secondary characters. I look forward to reading more from this author. I highly recommend.

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Project Duchess - Sabrina Jeffries

A series of stepfathers and a difficult childhood have left Fletcher “Grey” Pryde, 5th Duke of Greycourt, with a guarded heart, enviable wealth, and the undeserved reputation of a rogue. Grey’s focus on expanding his dukedom allows him little time to find a wife. But when his mother is widowed yet again and he meets the charmingly unconventional woman managing his stepfather’s funeral, he’s shocked to discover how much they have in common. Still, Grey isn’t interested in love, no matter how pretty, or delightfully outspoken, the lady . . . Beatrice Wolfe gave up on romance long ago, and the arrogant Duke of Greycourt with his rakish reputation isn’t exactly changing her mind. Then Grey agrees to assist his grief-stricken mother with her latest “project”: schooling spirited, unfashionable Beatrice for her debut. Now that Beatrice is seeing through Grey’s charms to his wounded heart, she’s having trouble keeping him at arm’s length. But once Grey starts digging into her family’s secrets, she must decide whether her loyalties lie with her family . . . or with the man whose lessons capture her heart . . .

This is the first book in a new series from one of my favorite authors. I really loved all of the characters from this new series.  I tore through the book as quickly as I could. I really loved everything about Grey and Beatrice as the author unraveled them and their painful pasts. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I highly recommend.

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The Trouble With Cowboy Weddings - Nicole Helm

As the middle Tyler brother, Gavin doesn’t always have much say in ranch decisions, but when it comes to his heart, he’s the only authority. He’s loved Louisa “Lou” Fairchild for longer than he can remember, even though they’ve never been more than friends. But with Lou stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place, Gavin is going to help the way any true friend would—with a proposal of a strictly business-like, in-name-only marriage . . . at least to start. Lou can’t believe her beloved grandmother has backed her up against the wall. The choice between finding a man to marry and letting her no-good father back into the family to run the ranch isn’t a choice at all! But when her sister counters with an even less savory idea, Lou knows what she must do—say yes to the only man she’s ever trusted. But somehow pretending to be in love with good-natured Gavin suddenly begins to feel alarmingly real—and she downright likes it. Can a sham marriage become the truest kind of love? 

I’m always iffy on contemporary books, even the cowboy themes, but I did decide to give this one a try. I’m really glad I did. I really liked both characters, but I especially liked Lou. In all of her interactions with Gavin, many female leads would wilt away, whine, or cry when the male lead is being a jerk. Not Lou.She doesn’t take his BS and fights for what she wants from him. She’s definitely one of my favorite female characters from the past few years. That’s not to say I had any issues with Gavin. Quite the opposite. I understood what he was going through and why he acted the way he did. I really loved how these two were able to get through everything to experience their HEA. I highly recommend.

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Cowboy in Wolf's Clothing - Kait Ballenger

High Commander Colt Cavanaugh has spent his life defending his pack and its sprawling ranchlands. But the hardened Grey Wolf soldier has a dark secret that could destroy his life forever. Belle Beaumont is a wanted woman, on the run from the wolf pack that kidnapped her. When fate brings her face-to-face with the Grey Wolf High Commander himself, rivalry becomes passion, and suddenly more than just her freedom is at stake. Colt will fight to the death for the healing Belle brings to his battle—worn heart—and for this cowboy wolf, all's fair in love and war..

This is the second book in this series and the second book I’ve read from this author. I loved it as much as I loved the first one. I really liked both Colt and Belle right from the beginning. I liked following along as the author unravelled who they really were, both to themselves and to others. I loved seeing Wes and Naomi again as well as the overall series continuation that was started in their book. I enjoyed the other characters that were also featured. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

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True Gold - Michelle Pace

Connor looked at the unmarked beauty of the Kenai peninsula lured Connor home after years abroad. Though his memories of Alaska are mixed and complicated., this land had been in his family for generations. There was no place where Connor would rather live after being hurt and jarringly discharged from the Army ,after ten years, that he had planned on being his career. Neither surgery or months of physical therapy changed the fact he was only eighty percent of his former self, which wasn’t enough for the Special Forces. He was faced with a desk job or discharge. Connoe refused to go from green beret to paper pusher. He found a way to use his unique skills. Leading tourist on hunting and fishing expeditions  which paid the bills. And Connor volunteered for Search and Rescue, He just finished a ten day hunt and always scheduled seven days of solitude after an expedition. He didn’t want to answer the phone but his gut told him and his gut was never wrong. Even as a chill ran through Connor. Than Connor realizes Delaila/Lilah/Lie was on the phone. This woke up his temper as well and his dorment libado. It had been a long time since he had heard her voice. Lilah sounded nervous which is rare as she was the cockiest person Connor had ever met. Lilah had been Connors first friend- since they were babies, first kiss, first time, first heartbreak. Lilah had been the only girl Connor had ever loved and their disastrous breakup had whipped Connor’s but ten times worse than his terrible father ever had. Connors mom Claire had been friends with Luann since elementary school. Connor had to move away in fourth grade but they moved back to Fort Richardson when they started Junior High. Than they showed up on their doorstep Claire with a black eye and Connor looking like he had went three rounds with Mike Tyson. At sixteen Connor told he wanted to be more than friends. Than Lilah said “Connor are you there?” . She had a lot of nerve calling him, once upon a time they had been inseraple . Lilah said she needed his help her mother was missing. Lilah’s mom Luann was Connor’s godmother and the only Campbell still had anything to do with him. Than Connor asked what happened? Lilah said she took the plane out to make deliveries four days ago and she never came back. With rare exceptions, very few pilots go missing in the bush and live to talk about it. As much as it pained him to admit Luann was probably dead and they just hadn’t found her yet. She said it took her thirty minutes to get Boone to finally text her Connor’s number.  Connor hadn’t heard about Luann and Lilah said her sister Andi had just told her yesterday. Andi was a local. He asked if she could talk to Search and rescue and find out who was in charge and have them give her a call. She asked Conor to guide her and he said no. Lilah said she was going to find her mom and who could he suggest that she hired as a guide within the next seventy two hours the search for Luann would end. Lilah always had mad wilderness skills. Her sense of direction put his to shame. Experienced or not the Alaskian wilderness is no place to wander by yourself. Even well equipped and seasoned, dangers are plentiful. There were few guides Connor trusted and the final frontier can turn deadly in an instant. When a woman looked like Delialah….. Delilah’s ex husband Josh used to say she had an overdeveloped sense of adventure. She had never put much stock in peoples opinions and being an oddity never bothered her much. Luann was a commercial supply pilot., delivering groceries and other necessities to people who live far enough out that driving or boating into town isn't a practical option. Luann had a reputation for always making the right call, and she always always finds her way home. Until now. Lilah hadn’t slept much since receiving a strange phone call for her mother from her mother on the morning she was reported missing. Whereever she’d been whens she;d called Lilah she had very poor reception and she had only managed to catch a few words” Li found -Aurora - your father” than Lilah said “Mom” than her mom said “ low - don’t - home” Than “ I - Connor”. Than her mom said “Don’t trust anyone”, that one sentence was clear. But her mom was slurring her words and she would have never expected that from her dad yes but not her mom. There was something more though beyond that she sounded off…. Afraid maybe. The call dropped then, Lilah tried calling Luann back several times but no answer than she got busy and put it aside. Two nights later her younger sister Andi called with the news and said check her email before hanging up. Lilah went to her laptop and saw an email from Boone, her unofficial brother back home, who worked for Search and Rescue. The email contained a bunch of links to news stories about her mom and her missing plane. With or without Connor, she’d be searching for her in some pretty remote areas. Some places she'll be traveling have no roads at all. Connor tried to call her back but Lilah didn’t answer.  Connor knew he had no choice but to help Lilah find Luann. 

I enjoyed this book. I loved the suspense, danger, and action. I didn’t want to put this down. This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it until the very end. Delilah and Connor had hot chemistry. This story had me guessing a lot. I loved the double point of view. It did seem like Delilah and Connor just pushed their joint past away. Although bits and pieces did come out throughout the book. I loved the pace and plot. I loved that Luann hadn’t turned her back on Connor no matter what. I loved the characters and the twists and turns of this book and I recommend it. I wish I could rate this 4.5 .

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Wanderers - Chuck Wendig

Shana stood looking at her little sister’s -Nessie- empty bed and though she ran away again. The first time Nessie ran away was when they went to Giant Eagle and their mother was just gone. After seeing the camera it showed their mother walking out the front door and out of their lives for good. So two years ago almost to the door Nessie packed some can goods, bottled water, and a couple of candy bars and ran away. They found Nessie four hours later at the wooden bus shelter in Granger. Nessie was fifteen now and  Shana was almost eighteen and couldn’t figure out why she wanted to runaway. Than out of the corner of her eye she saw Nessie come up the driveway still in her pj’s and barefoot. Shana ran out to meet her and Nessie bumped into her and kept going, she didn’t blink , nothing, she had dead eyes and just kept going. Staring straight ahead Arms stiff by her side. Shana tried to stop nessie as they came to Herkimer Covered Bridgethat had broken glass all over and will cut Nessie’s feet all up. Shana hugged nessie to stop her and she did stop but she kept struggling to be free and her body temperature was going very high and her nose started to bleed , and a low whine, an animal sound rose out of Nessie. Shana let go and Nessie blinked for a minute but then her eyes clouded over again. Nessie kept walking. Right across the broken glass, seemingly not to feel it. Shana ran back to get her dad and he got his old truck and found Nessie still walking and staring at nothing. The Shana saw mr Blamie who was her geometry teacher. But he was just like Nessie and turned to go nessie’s way. Than he reached her and walked beside nessie. Benji ray felt teh jet lag in his bones. He just wanted to go home. As he went toward the front door, a young woman said his name and she said she was Sadie Erniku and she worked for Benz-Voyager. She needed to speak to him. He said not today , he just got off a very long trip. Then she said something’s gone wrong. An outbreak maybe… In Pennsylvania. He told her to come in he’d fix some coffee. She said her and Black Swan thought it maybe an outbreak. Benji told Sadie he was wary of their growing fascination with replacing human work with artificial intelligence. Black Swan was a PMI or predictive machine intelligence. Benji distrusted Black Swan and its predictions . Sadie said Black Swan wasn’t something she merely designed; it cut her. Benz-Voyager created Black Swan specifically with the ability to detect upcoming outbreaks, pandemus and every zoonetive jumps where a disease leapt from the animal to human. A third joined Shana sister and teacher. EMTs were called and tried to give Nessie a sedative by a needle in the butt but the needle broke. The three sleepwalkers and they became called just kept walking. Bengi went to CDC- which had been his home for almost two decades. Sadie had designed Black Swan -she lead the team. Benji was to meet black Swan. A cop had tried to force her teacher into the car. When he got him in there the man exploded. Shortly after the cop died in the hospital. The number of the sleepwalkers grew. Four more people joined Nessie and the woman they now knew was Rosie. Shana now thought of them as the herd. Shana’s father said it was time to go home, the farm wouldn’t run itself. But Shana refused to leave her sister, she had to protect Nessie. Shana called Zig -her best friend, to hang out with her as she followed nessie , he was always there for her. Zig loved her bust she didn’t love him like that. He had gotten a gun she put in her backpack that way she had it encase she had to use it to protect Nessie.  Now there was a total of ten people that joined Nessie in their zombie like shape still walking. Shana’s father bought an old RV and he caught up to her again -saying he hadn’t been there for his girls since his wife had left but he was here now. The herd didn’t seem to have to eat or drink, or rest, or even go to the bathroom. As more people joined the “sleepwalkers” more family and friends joined to watch over their loved ones as the sleepwalkers walked to a destination only they knew of. They families and friends were eventually called “Shepherds” and the walkers “ the herd.” As time goes on Benji becomes a protector of the herd. Than a former rock idol joins the group of Shepherds but to be back in the limelight but things do change as time goes on as does reasoning for following the herd in some cases. 

I really enjoyed this book.  I loved the author brought in many things such as compassion and empathy, right or wrong. Or the way to treat the herd and so much more. I also really liked the author used people from all walks of life and ages both as Shepherds and Sleepwalkers-or part of the herd. I didn’t want to put this down. As I wanted to see what was going to happen next. This grabbed my attention right from the beginning until the very end. I also liked how the author brought in issues like politics, and religion as well as others. I did feel this book could have been a ;little shorter and I felt the end was a little rushed . This did drag for me at times but nowhere near enough to stop reading this book. I really enjoyed the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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The Phoenix Grail - Helen Savore

Alexandrea’s family descends from King Arthur’s knights, the sole humans who can see the Fae. They’ve worked with Merlin’s forgotten apprentice for generations to stop Fae from leeching life. Now she is the last, and must follow in the footsteps of the grail knights, seeking the Phoenix grail. Worse, the fae are visiting Earth more, including Alexandrea’s friend Jamie who sees visions predicting his patients deaths. Can Alexandrea summon the Phoenix in time to regain what her ancestors lost and stop the deaths that plague our world?

This was an interesting book. I’ve never read one with this particular aspect to it. It did take me some time to adjust to this author’s world, but I did find it interesting. It threw me off a little as the first two chapters were in a different POV, but after I adjusted, it helped me to understand Jamie much better. I really liked following Alexandrea as she works towards her end goal. I highly recommend. 

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Wolf Instinct - Paige Tyler

“This isn't music” Zane said to fellow werewolves Rachael and diego who were all SWAT team mates, practically shouting to be heard over the beat coming out of the club that the sign  at the entrance said was Attitude. Rachael was the newest member of the pack. The three SWAT members went into the club -Rachael and Diego pretending to be a newlywed couple and Zane was undercover as a British tourist. The target -Stefan- was standing with a security team of four at the far end of the bar. He did the same he did every night that they had been following him. Staring out at the people on the dance floor. Stefan’s uncle was randy Curtis who was the former Chief Of Police in Dallas and current member of the FBI’s top ten list of fugitives. Randy had tried to murder an entire Swat Team, as well as their friends and families-the team Zane was a member of. Six months ago the werewolves of the pack Zane belonged to, what a “ hunter” was. But in September they’de learned that groups of men roamed around the country killing any werewolf they stumbled across. Within weeks werewolves were coming to dallas looking for protection.  Than Zane realized Stefan had moved from the bar to talking to two young girls as Zane wondered how they had slipped past the bouncers. Than Zane realized this was set up as a waitress brought the girls some drinks that were drugged. The effects showed immediately on the girls. Than Stefan left with one of his security men and the girls were being ushered by the other three toward the back of the club. When out in the back of the club Zane had already taken out one of the men when a woman stepped in and took out another of the men and he realized it was the woman with the scent that smelled so good in the club. The woman was FBI agent Alyssa Carson and she had pegged Zane as a cop and “special”. Than she thought CIA or some other three letter agency. Because he slipped through the crowd like a trained killer. Alyssa doubted he was there for the same reason she was. As she knew Christine Howard , her friend, inj the LA FBI field office was the only other law enforcement i=officer in the state that knew about the case Alyssa was investigating. When the body of one of the many missing people- a woman- had been found in a landfill with a bizarre cause of death Christine called Alyssa as she specializes in the strange and bizarre. Alyssa had no doubt Stefan was going to kidnap the twin girls considering his team. She saw the girls had been drugged. Maybe they were the guys who grabbed women and she could find them before more bodies were found in the landfill. Zane and Alyssa stopped to get something to eat after Christine picked up the girls and to take them to the hospital. Zane and Alyssa decided to meet the next morning to figure out how she and the Swat team could work together. Zane thought Alyssa may be The One from her scent but he couldn’t pursue it as he felt he no longer had a soul. Also he had to find Curtis and put an end to the hunters trying to kill everyone he cared about. Zane still couldn’t do much with his left arm after being shot by the hunters. He had tried to get a back hand swing with that arm at one point, and the pain had been so severe his vision had gone a little dark for a few seconds. From what his pack hacker dug up Zane had to wonder if Alyssa was working or was a hunter. Alyssa used her FBI card to rent an apartment across from the garage where they found the car the twins had been in with several identical to it there. Alyssa and Zane took a shift to watch the garage and rachael and Diego took the other. Than Zane had went to Alyssa's apartment for coffee and they became lovers. Than had followed Stefan to an unknown club which was different.- super loud with strobe light that about blinded you and several odd smells. Zane ran into a guy who was the twins alpha and he stayed with them than they saw the twins on the dance floor but the were taken by Stefan and another man and several odd creatures- who turned out to be vampires. before anyone could stop them. Zane and his pack hadn’t know vampires actually existed. Zane also saw the horror and other negative emotions on her face when she seen as a werewolf. When he had charged to protect her. Zane now knew Alyssa was definitely The One but now it was over. 

I loved this book. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held it until the very end.   I loved the action, danger, and intrigue. I loved Zane and Alyssa together and how they interacted. I rooted them on through the book. I couldn’t find anything to criticize in this book-HAPPILY!  Loved the relationship of the SWAT Team as well as the relationship between Christine and Alyssa. I didn’t want to put this down. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend it.

Good Story and Good Characters

Close to the Edge: An Unbroken Heroes Novel - Dawn Ryder

Jenna Henson always plays it safe. It’s what has gotten her through all these years . So she never expected to end up in arm-to-arm combat with a gorgeous, muscle bound mercenary named Dare…Agent Dare Servant lives for the thrill of the chase, the adrenaline high. He’s fully committed to his job, fully armed, and full-on dangerous. But when innocent, irresistible Jenna Henson walks in on his latest mission, the need to keep her safe becomes all-consuming.

So I’m not sure how I missed this one when I read all the others in the series, but I did. Since it’s been a while since I read them I was a little confused. I still enjoyed the book though. I do like this author and she’s yet to disappoint. I recommend.

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Great Story and Characters

The Wicked Vampire (Last True Vampire series) - Kate Baxter

Sasha Ivanov was born to be wild. A vampire party girl, she stalks the L.A. clubs at night. Dancing. Drinking. Indulging her darkest appetites. Never sated, she’s always looking for more: more danger, more excitement, more blood. But when she enters a supernatural fight club—and is tethered to her mortal enemy—Sasha realizes she’s playing the most dangerous game of all…Ewan Brún was born to kill vampires. A powerful berserker and unbeaten champion, he doesn’t need a weapon to be deadly. He is the weapon. But when his soul becomes captive to the most beautiful vampire he’s ever seen, he is all but powerless. He cannot resist Sasha—and cannot fight his desires. Is their love strong enough to defeat the gathering forces of darkness that threatens to destroy them both?

I really liked this book. The author did a great job of mixing hot sex scenes, an unwanted pairing and an eventual love. I loved watching Ewan slowly finding his heart and Sasha accepting her feelings. I highly recommend.

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Great Story and Characters

Paranoid - Lisa Jackson

Violet was having another glass of wine since her husband Leonard was out of town. Her three furbabies- dogs- were with her. She was talking to Honey- one of her dogs. Leonard was the reason she moved past the trauma of the night of Luke Hollander’s death twenty years ago.She’d been there and seen Luke die.  She should have never went to the cannery. Violet and Leonard had been married fifteen years. They had left Edgewood but their dreams didn’t pan out and they returned and Leonard went to work in his father's furniture store. Lila wanted her to join the reunion committee and she refused she wasn’t going to the reunion. Mercedes Pope- who was a reporter- wanted to interview her about Luke’s death for some kind of retro piece in the paper. No way. Violet wondered how her life had become such a mess. Than Violets three dogs started barking, she grabbed her gun and started to the door, she got the door slammed in her face and her nose was broken. She tried to get away from her attacker. She was being forced backwards something was put over her eyes she couldn’t pull off. Than she was shot down to the foyer and died. Rachael awoke from the nightmare that destroyed her sleep two to three times a week the same nightmare.  At least she hadn't woken her kids Harper-seventeen - or Dylan-fifteen or their dog Reno. It was on this very date twenty years ago she had lied to her parents saying she was staying at Lila’s than instead sneaked off to the old cannery. She hadn’t wanted to go but Lila said she had to talk to Luke- Rachel’s half brother- and didn’t want to go alone. So Rachael went. Biggest mistake of her life for she had killed Luke. Or had she? Tonight was the last meeting of the reunion committee meeting even with it being this tragic date. Lila had said it was the only day that fit. Rachael knew Lila had never gotten over Luke as she had given birth to his son Lucas just before Christmas after Luke had been murdered. Lila had moved on and married Cade’s father. Cade had been Rachael’s husband but he had cheated on her with his partner Kayleigh and she had divorced him. That was the biggest mistake of Cade’s life as he still reached for Rachael when he awoke - he still loved her. Rachael had seen as shrink since Cade walked out. Or she pushed him out. She thought about how her kids were becoming strangers as most teenagers do. Rachael jogged to the cannery every morning- her personally imposed penance for taking her brother’s life. Cade was a cop and had went to Rachels- used to be his home also- to personally tell her about Violet’s muder. But she wasn’t there but he sensed something was off and saw the gate was open -had someone been in the house?  Cade had cheated on Rachael with Kayleigh but he ke still loved Rachael and they both knew it had been a mistake even if they hadn’t actually slept together. Kayleigh had been Cade’s partner and she had fallen in love with Cade but he transferred to Edgewood police department. Annessa had went to school with Rachael and is found hanging in the chapel by the old school by Harper and Xander whens she had snuck out to be with him at his apartment and they heard a woman cry for help. Harper called 911 but Annessa had died before they got there. HSe had also had blue tape over her eyes . Rachel had also got an unexplained text saying “ I forgive you”. Cade thought of the fact that Annessa had also testified in Rachael behalf after he had went to the crime scene and picked up his daughter. He had gotten a call to go to the old school and his daughter and her friend had found the woman.Anessa had been murdered within the week of Violet’s murder. 

This was a great psychological thriller and I loved it. I loved the plot and pace. My heart went out to Cade and Rachael, a few stolen kisses and a little playing around and the marriage was over. Cade still loved Rachael and found out too late how much. Rachael for all she went through and it was not what it appeared. I did n’t want to put his down and i was on vacation so wasn’t easy to read as much as normal. I loved the ending there was hope there. I also changed my mind a time or two on who was the murderer before finally realizing the truth. Also who the person talking to the therapist. What a book. I loved the characters and all the twists and turns and I highly recommend it.