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Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 61 books this year.

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September Reviews

Conspiracy in Death by J.D. RobbMidnight in Death by J.D. RobbArchangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

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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

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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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Review: ‘Blood Bound’ by Patricia Briggs #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Blood Bound’ by Patricia Briggs #Romanceopoly2020

Blood Bound

by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #2
Published by Ace on January 30, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 292
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Under the rule of science, there are no witch burnings allowed, no water trials or public lynchings. In return, the average law-abiding, solid citizen has little to worry about from the things that go bump in the night. Sometimes I wish I was an average citizen...
Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.
But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.


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Book Lovin’ Mamas Monthly Round-Up: May 2020

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Romanceopoly Challenge 2020 – June Picks

Romanceopoly 2020 Participant

As of right now I’ve chose the Adventurer Challenge and picked the Moon Pack for my challenge. Although I’ve been reading the seasonal challenges for Sun Pack.

I rolled the dice ‘4’ times for June.


Here are the following squares that I managed to land on when I rolled the dice ‘4’ times:

1. [Outer Space]Warrior by Anna Hackett

2. [City Lane]Year One by Nora Roberts

3. [New View]Frigid by J. Lynn

4. [Library]A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot


April/May Picks and RomanceopolyAThon picks that I managed to read and finish:

[Amour Avenue]The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams (Finished Reading for #RomanceopolyAThon: April 29, 2020)

[Soldier Street]The Darkest Hour by Maya Banks (Finished Reading for #RomanceopolyAthon: May 3, 2020)

[Library Choice]A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot (Finished Reading: May 9, 2020)

[Drive-In Movie]The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai (Finished Reading: May 15, 2020)

[Action Avenue]Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Finished Reading: May 25, 2020)

[Lady Lane]Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarland (Finished Reading: May 31, 2020)


May Picks I still need to read:

[Passion Place]Laid Bare by Lauren Dane

[Spring – Sun Pack]Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin


Are you participating in the Romanceopoly Challenge? If you are, what have you read so far for the Challenge?

Review: ‘Archangel’s Enigma’ by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s Enigma’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Enigma

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #8
Published by Berkley Sensation on September 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 357
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of dark passion and immortal power—and to one of the most seductive and impenetrable heroes ever to stalk the Guild Hunter landscape…
Oh, Naasir. So weird, so bloodthirsty, so unique and wonderful…I have fallen for him…”—Fiction Vixen
Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.
Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows…and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…


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