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Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 56 books this year.

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Review: ‘Bloody Bones’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Bloody Bones’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bloody Bones

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #5
Published by Berkley on November 1, 2005
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 336
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

In Laurell K. Hamilton's "New York Times" bestselling novels, Anita Blake, vampire hunter and animator, takes a bite out of crime-of the supernatural kind. But even someone who deals with death on a daily basis can be unnerved by its power... When Branson, Missouri, is hit with a death wave-four unsolved murders-it doesn't take an expert to realize that all is not well. But luckily for the locals, Anita is an expert-in just the kinds of preternatural goings-on that have everyone spooked. And she's got an "in" with just the kind of creature who can make sense of the slayings: a sexy master vampire known as Jean Claude.


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ARC Review: ‘Desolation Road’ by Christine Feehan

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ARC Review: ‘Desolation Road’ by Christine Feehan

Desolation Road

by Christine Feehan
Series: Torpedo Ink #4
Published by Berkley on July 7, 2020
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 480
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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three-half-stars

Take the ride of your life with the Torpedo Ink motorcycle club in this thrilling romance novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.    Torpedo Ink is Aleksei “Absinthe” Solokov’s whole life. They’re his brothers, his family—his everything. But that doesn't stop him from wanting something that only belongs to him. That’s why the tough biker has spent the last six weeks at the library, reading every book he can get his hands on and watching the prim and proper librarian who makes his blood rush.    For the past six weeks, Scarlet Foley has been fantasizing about the handsome, tattooed man whose eyes follow her every move. She senses he's dangerous. She wants him to get close enough to touch. She wishes she could let him know the real woman, not the one she pretends to be. But Scarlet has a plan to carry out, and she can’t afford any distractions.   Absinthe is well aware that Scarlet is hiding something. She’s a puzzle he intends to solve, piece by intoxicating piece….


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Review: ‘The Lunatic Cafe’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘The Lunatic Cafe’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Lunatic Cafe

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #4
Published by Berkley on January 1, 1996
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 352
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Vampire hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But in The Lunatic Cafe-now in trade paperback for the first time-she's about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems, especially in matters of the not-so-human heart.

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city's shapeshifters.


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Review: ‘Vengeance in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Review: ‘Vengeance in Death’ by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

Vengeance in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #6
Published by Berkley on October 1, 1997
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 357
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased, Scribd
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four-half-stars

He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit--always solved moments too late to save his victims' lives.Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past--a secret shared by none other than Eve's new husband, Roarke.


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Review: ‘Circus of the Damned’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘Circus of the Damned’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Circus of the Damned

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #3
Published by Berkley Books on May 1, 1995
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 329
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

In Circus of the Damned-now in trade paperback for the first time-a rogue master vampire hits town, and Anita gets caught in the middle of an undead turf war. Jean-Claude, the Master Vamp of the city, wants her for his own-but his enemies have other plans. And to make matters worse, Anita takes a hit to the heart when she meets a stunningly handsome junior high science teacher named Richard Zeeman. They're two humans caught in the crossfire-or so Anita thinks.


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Review: ‘The Laughing Corpse’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Review: ‘The Laughing Corpse’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

The Laughing Corpse

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #2
Published by Berkley on August 2nd 2005
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 301
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Harold Gaynor offers Anita Blake a million dollars to raise a 300-year-old zombie. Knowing it means a human sacrifice will be necessary, Anita turns him down. But when dead bodies start turning up, she realizes that someone else has raised Harold's zombie--and that the zombie is a killer. Anita pits her power against the zombie and the voodoo priestess who controls it.
In The Laughing Corpse Anita will learn that there are some secrets better left buried-and some people better off dead...


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DNF Review: ‘Something to Talk About’ by Meryl Wilsner

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

DNF Review: ‘Something to Talk About’ by Meryl Wilsner

Something to Talk About

by Meryl Wilsner
Published by Berkley on May 26, 2020
Genres: Contemporary Romance, LGBT
Pages: 336
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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zero-stars

A showrunner and her assistant give the world something to talk about when they accidentally fuel a ridiculous rumor in this debut romance.
Hollywood powerhouse Jo is photographed making her assistant Emma laugh on the red carpet, and just like that, the tabloids declare them a couple. The so-called scandal couldn't come at a worse time—threatening Emma's promotion and Jo's new movie.
As the gossip spreads, it starts to affect all areas of their lives. Paparazzi are following them outside the office, coworkers are treating them differently, and a “source” is feeding information to the media. But their only comment is “no comment”.
With the launch of Jo’s film project fast approaching, the two women begin to spend even more time together, getting along famously. Emma seems to have a sixth sense for knowing what Jo needs. And Jo, known for being aloof and outwardly cold, opens up to Emma in a way neither of them expects. They begin to realize the rumor might not be so off base after all…but is acting on the spark between them worth fanning the gossip flames?


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Re-Post Review: ‘Guilty Pleasures’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Re-Post Review: ‘Guilty Pleasures’ by Laurell K. Hamilton

Guilty Pleasures

by Laurell K. Hamilton
Series: Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #1
Published by Berkley on August 3, 2004
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 355
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Anita Blake is small, dark, and dangerous. Her turf is the city of St. Louis. Her job: re-animating the dead and killing the undead who take things too far. But when the city’s most powerful vampire asks her to solve a series of vicious slayings, Anita must confront her greatest fear—her undeniable attraction to master vampire Jean-Claude, one of the creatures she is sworn to destroy...


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Review: ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ by Mhairi McFarlane #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ by Mhairi McFarlane #Romanceopoly2020

Don't You Forget About Me

by Mhairi McFarlane
Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on September 10, 2019
Genres: Women's Fiction
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Internationally bestselling author Mhairi McFarlane delivers a funny, romantic, heartfelt novel perfect for fans of Josie Silver or Sally Thorne, and anyone who loves Bridget Jones!
You always remember your first love... don’t you?
If there’s anything worse than being fired from the lousiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else. Reeling from the humiliation of a double dumping in one day, Georgina takes the next job that comes her way—bartender in a newly opened pub. There’s only one problem: it’s run by the guy she fell in love with years ago. And—make that two problems—he doesn’t remember her. At all. But she has fabulous friends and her signature hot pink fur coat... what more could a girl really need?
Lucas McCarthy has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but he’s also turned into an actual grown-up, with a thriving business and a dog along the way. Crossing paths with him again throws Georgina’s rocky present into sharp relief—and brings a secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows what happened twelve years ago, and why she’s allowed the memories to chase her ever since. But maybe it’s not too late for the truth... or a second chance with the one that got away?


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ARC Review: ‘Until the End’ by Juno Rushdan

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ARC Review: ‘Until the End’ by Juno Rushdan

Until the End

by Juno Rushdan
Series: Final Hour #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 26, 2020
Genres: Romantic Thriller
Pages: 448
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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four-stars

He's strong. Fierce. Relentless.And he may be her only chance of surviving the night.

Gray Box operative Castle Kinkade always gets the job done, no matter how tough the assignment. But when he agrees to protect white-hat hacker Kit Westcott, Castle's loyalty is tested like never before. Trapped in the closest of quarters, protective instincts flaring, he can feel the ice surrounding his heart melt...and he knows he'd do anything to keep Kit safe.
Even defy the rules that shaped his life.
Castle is the last person Kit should confide in, let alone be attracted to, but he's the only ally she has left. Under threat of imminent attack—and a chilling conspiracy that hits too close to home—Castle and Kit are forced to put their hearts and lives on the line...and stop at nothing to face the greatest danger the world has ever known.
The Final Hour Series:Every Last BreathNothing to FearUntil the End


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