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October Reviews

Below the Bones by Kendra ElliotUndercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay AdamsSpiraled by Kendra ElliotBridged by Kendra ElliotArchangel's War by Nalini SinghVanished by Kendra ElliotWolf Trouble by Paige Tyler

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ARC Review: ‘Below the Bones’ by Kendra Elliot

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘Below the Bones’ by Kendra Elliot

Below the Bones

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Widow's Island #5
Published by Montlake Romance on October 27, 2020
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 91
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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five-stars

A former FBI special agent must come out of retirement to solve a murder in the fifth novella in the Widow’s Island series from Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot.
Former FBI special agent Cate Wilde is a new bakery and bookstore owner—and retirement is now complete with a doctor boyfriend. Although she struggles with PTSD, the sweet life she’s living is a far cry from the gruesome work she left behind six months ago.
But when skeletal remains turn up on Widow’s Island—and the MO of the killer is too familiar to Cate—the dream comes to an abrupt end. What if the case she solved eight years ago isn’t as closed as she thought? Her hometown needs her, and despite her mental health and her boyfriend’s protests, she has no choice but to return to her dangerous past life.
Soon Cate is in a desperate race to stop a cold-blooded murderer from killing again, once and for all…only this time, she’ll have so much more to lose.


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Review: ‘Undercover Bromance’ by Lyssa Kay Adams

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Undercover Bromance’ by Lyssa Kay Adams

Undercover Bromance

by Lyssa Kay Adams
Series: Bromance Book Club #2
Published by Berkley on March 10, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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three-half-stars

Braden Mack thinks reading romance novels makes him an expert in love, but he’ll soon discover that real life is better than fiction.
Liv Papandreas has a dream job as a sous chef at Nashville’s hottest restaurant. Too bad the celebrity chef owner is less than charming behind kitchen doors. After she catches him harassing a young hostess, she confronts him and gets fired. Liv vows revenge, but she’ll need assistance to take on the powerful chef.
Unfortunately, that means turning to Braden Mack. When Liv’s blackballed from the restaurant scene, the charismatic nightclub entrepreneur offers to help expose her ex-boss, but she is suspicious of his motives. He’ll need to call in reinforcements: the Bromance Book Club.
Inspired by the romantic suspense novel they’re reading, the book club assist Liv in setting up a sting operation to take down the chef. But they’re just as eager to help Mack figure out the way to Liv’s heart… even while she’s determined to squelch the sparks between them before she gets burned.


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Review: ‘Spiraled’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Spiraled’ by Kendra Elliot

Spiraled

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #3
Published by Montlake Romance on June 2, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 305
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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five-stars

FBI Special Agent Ava McLane solves crimes; she doesn’t witness them. When she’s trapped in a mall without her weapon as a shooter picks off victims, she hides with a wounded teen and prays for her survival.
But that’s only the beginning…
An epidemic of mass shootings has swept across Oregon. The young shooters terrify the public, committing random murders before taking their own lives. The task force assembled to solve the case—which includes Ava’s boyfriend, detective Mason Callahan—remains stumped. And on top of this chaos, Ava’s troubled twin sister reappears, throwing Ava’s already-tumultuous life into a tailspin.
An old-fashioned cop with a strong sense of duty, Mason struggles to find the cause of the shootings as workaholic Ava spins ever closer to breaking down. But can one detective save the lives of countless innocents—and prevent the woman he loves from going over the edge?


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Review: ‘Bridged’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Bridged’ by Kendra Elliot

Bridged

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #2
Published by Montlake Romance on February 10, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 295
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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four-half-stars

After a congressman’s tortured body is found dangling from a Portland bridge, the FBI joins the Oregon State Police to investigate the case—and FBI Special Agent Ava McLane, still recovering from a bullet wound, hunts the twisted killer alongside the man who captured her heart, police detective Mason Callahan.
But once a third body appears and all evidence points to a serial killer, the public furiously clamors for answers—and the couple’s relationship grows fractured under the pressure. Ava and Mason search in the past for clues that predict the future. And when Ava’s mentally ill twin spins out of control, the FBI agent who battles monsters every day wonders if she shares her sister’s self-destructive streak…
In the latest thrilling romantic suspense novel from award-winning author Kendra Elliot, the past and the present violently collide…and the fallout can be deadly.


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Review: ‘Archangel’s War’ by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s War’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's War

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #12
Published by Berkley on September 24, 2019
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 471
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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five-stars

Wings of silver. Wings of blue. Mortal heart. Broken dreams. Shatter. Shatter. Shatter. A sundering. A grave. I see the end. I see. . .
The world is in chaos as the power surge of the Cascade rises to a devastating crescendo. In furiously resisting its attempts to turn Elena into a vessel for Raphael’s power, Elena and her archangel are irrevocably changed. . .far beyond the prophecy of a cursed Ancient.
At the same time, violent and eerie events around the world threaten to wipe out entire populations. And in the Archangel Lijuan’s former territory, an unnatural fog weaves through the land, leaving only a bone-chilling silence in its wake. Soon it becomes clear that even the archangels are not immune to this deadly evil. This time, even the combined power of the Cadre may not be enough. . .
This war could end them all.


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Review: ‘Vanished’ by Kendra Elliot

Review: ‘Vanished’ by Kendra Elliot

Vanished

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Callahan & McLane #1
Published by Montlake Romance on June 24, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

From Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kendra Elliot.
When an eleven-year-old is abducted on her way to school, the FBI doesn’t waste a moment, sending agents to scour the area and embedding Special Agent Ava McLane with the distraught family. In the eye of the storm is local detective Mason Callahan, whose life is crumbling to pieces—he’s related to the victim, and his longtime confidential informant has just been murdered.
Both he and Agent McLane hole up in the victim’s family home. Every second counts in a kidnapping case, and the stakes keep rising the longer the girl is missing. As Ava and Mason struggle to hold the family together in their darkest hour, the two investigators find themselves drawn to each other.
2015 Overall Daphne du Maurier Award Winner


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Review: ‘Wolf Trouble’ by Paige Tyler

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Wolf Trouble’ by Paige Tyler

Wolf Trouble

by Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 4, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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four-half-stars

He's in trouble with a capital T...
There's never been a female on the Dallas SWAT team and Senior Corporal Xander Riggs prefers it that way. The elite pack of alpha male wolfshifters is no place for a woman. But Khaki Blake is no ordinary woman.
When Khaki walks through the door attractive as hell and smelling like heaven, Xander doesn't know what the heck to do. Worse, she's put under his command and Xander's protective instincts go on high alert. When things start heating up both on and off the clock, it's almost impossible to keep their heads in the game and their hands off each other...


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Review: ‘Archangel’s Prophecy’ by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s Prophecy’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Prophecy

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #11
Published by Berkley on October 30, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 372
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly passionate Guild Hunter world, where human-turned-angel Elena Deveraux, consort to Archangel Raphael, is thrust center stage into an eons-old prophecy….
Midnight and dawn, Elena’s wings are unique among angelkind…and now they’re failing. The first mortal to be turned into an immortal in angelic memory, she’s regressing. Becoming more and more human. Easier to hurt. Easier to kill.
Elena and Raphael must unearth the reason for the regression before it’s too late and Elena falls out of the sky. Yet even as they fight a furious battle for Elena’s very survival, violent forces are gathering in New York and across the world.
In China, the Archangel Favashi is showing the first signs of madness. In New York, a mysterious sinkhole filled with lava swallows a man whole. In Africa, torrential monsoon rains flood rolling deserts. And in Elena’s mind whispers a haunting voice that isn’t her own.
This time, survival may not be possible…not even for the consort of an archangel.

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Review: ‘Kiss of the Irish’ by Lauren Hawkeye

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Kiss of the Irish’ by Lauren Hawkeye

Kiss of the Irish

by Lauren Hawkeye
Series: Foreign Fling #1
Published by Entangled Publishing LLC on May 15, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 182
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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three-stars

If Sarah Mercer had ever been asked to describe herself in one word, it would be sensible. After all, she had a steady job. Made prudent decisions. Was in what she though was a logical relationship. But when her fiance dumps her for an exotic dancer, Sarah decides it’s time to change…everything! The first thing on her agenda? To get out of town and take a three month trip to Ireland. She’d always been captivated by the Emerald Isle. And she’d heard that there was nothing like an Irishman with a sexy accent and eyes as devastatingly green as the country’s rolling hills to make a girl feel better.   But maybe she shouldn’t have hooked up with her new landlord on the first night in town. Cian Murphy wasn’t supposed to be her type. His arms and chest were tattooed, and he had piercings everywhere. Still, he made her feel beautiful, sexy…alive for the first time in years. Falling for the Irish hottie was as natural as breathing. But figuring out what she’d do when it came time to leave? Not so easy...

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