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ARC Review: ‘In Rides Trouble’ by Julie Ann Walker

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ARC Review: ‘In Rides Trouble’ by Julie Ann Walker

In Rides Trouble

by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #2
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 4th 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 311
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley, publisher
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Goodreads
five-stars

Rebel with a Cause
Becky "Rebel" Reichert never actually goes looking for trouble. It just has a tendency to find her. Like the day Frank Knight showed up at her door, wanting to use her motorcycle shop as a cover for his elite special ops team. But Becky prides herself on being able to hang with the big boys-she can weld, drive, and shoot just as well as any of them.
Man with a Mission
Munitions, missiles, and mayhem are Frank's way of life. The last thing the ex-SEAL wants is for one brash blonde to come within fifty feet of anything that goes boom. Yet it's just his rotten luck when she ends up in a hostage situation at sea. Come hell or high water, he will get her back-whether she says she needs him or not.

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ARC Review: ‘The Secret Life of Avery O’Dea’ by Elise Marion

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ARC Review: ‘The Secret Life of Avery O’Dea’ by Elise Marion

The Secret Life of Avery O'Dea

by Elise Marion
Published by Bottom Drawer Publications on August 28th 2012
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eArc
Goodreads
five-stars

Photographer Dominic Ramsey is having a bad year. His car won’t start, the rent is weeks overdue, his girlfriend dumped him, and photography jobs have been few and far between. Moonlighting as a paparazzo to scrape up some extra cash isn’t exactly going well; there’s only so much money to be made in photos of tacky celebrity outfits.
Avery O’Dea has led her life in front of the cameras since shooting to stardom in her first romantic film. When her on-screen romance becomes something more she and her Hollywood beau are, at least the way the magazines tell it, a match made in heaven. So what if Avery’s had to convert to Ryan’s vegan lifestyle publicly in order to solidify the relationship to the public eye? So what if she’s had to make a few sacrifices in order to achieve the Hollywood dream?
When a daring photographer catches her in a lie and exposes the truth of Avery and Ryan’s relationship to the world, Avery realizes just how tired she is of being ‘America’s Sweetheart’, and the elaborate cover-up becomes a burden that she no longer wishes to bear. As she locks eyes with the photographer that set her world on fire with a single photo, she begins to long for more from life; passion, love, and the freedom to live her life as she pleases.

Review: ‘Night’s Awakening’ by Donna Grant

Review: ‘Night’s Awakening’ by Donna Grant

Night's Awakening

by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #0.2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 28 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 107
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

Fueled by dragon magic, the dark immortal warriors were never meant to feel human desire, much less fall in love. But when Guy, a member of an ancient order of shape-shifting warriors, meets Elena Griffin—a mere mortal whose beauty and blind ambition shakes him to his core—all bets are off…
Having left America to explore the Scottish Highlands, Elena suddenly finds herself lost in a dark cave—alone, injured, and utterly hopeless…until Guy appears from out of nowhere. Is she dreaming her own rescue when she falls into his arms? A man—and a passion—this strong is too good to be true. It’s only a matter a time before she learns the truth about the flames in his heart. And the dragon in his soul…
Don’t miss the Dark Sword and Dark Warrior novels by Donna Grant—also set in this scintillating world of Highland magic and legendary lovers.

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Review: ‘The Demoness of Waking Dreams’ by Stephanie Chong

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Review: ‘The Demoness of Waking Dreams’ by Stephanie Chong

The Demoness of Waking Dreams

by Stephanie Chong
Series: The Company of Angels #2
Published by Mira Books on August 28th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley, publisher
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five-stars

Brendan Clarkson and Luciana Rossetti are perfectly matched. Yin and yang. Angel and demon. Man and woman. But only one of them can win the battle of wills, of strength and of desire.

Review: ‘Vampire Dreams Revamped’ by Gabrielle Bisset

Review: ‘Vampire Dreams Revamped’ by Gabrielle Bisset

Vampire Dreams Revamped

by Gabrielle Bisset
Series: Sons of Navarus #0.5
Published by Self-Published on July 6, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 84
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Expanded from the original, Vampire Dreams Revamped is bigger, longer, and hotter. Revisit the world of Brandon, Arden, and Vasilije and meet new characters too!
A vampire for hundreds of years, Brandon Ridley is surrounded by others of his kind who enjoy their world to the fullest. Orgies, debauchery, and sensual delights leave him empty, though. What he wants is that one woman who will share his life.
Homeless and without any family, Arden Stephens must live on the streets of mid 19th century London, never a safe place for a young woman. One night, as she is running for her life from an attacker, she is rescued by Brandon and offered a place in his home as his maid. Brandon is enchanted by Arden from the moment they meet and yearns to make her one of his kind.
Nightly, he visits her in her sleep, preparing her for the night he will finally make her his own. For Arden, the wanton dreams she has about her handsome employer seduce her and each day when she wakes up, she finds herself more drawn to him. But love and desire aren't enough for Brandon to sire her. He must first obtain the approval of his own sire, an ancient vampire named Vasilije who has thwarted his chance for happiness before.
But if Brandon can convince him, he may finally find the love he's been without for centuries.

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Review: ‘Fire on the Island’ by J.K. Hogan

Review: ‘Fire on the Island’ by J.K. Hogan

Fire on the Island

by J.K. Hogan
Series: Vigilati #1
Published by Sapphire Star Publishing on August 2nd 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 376
Format: eBook
Amazon Kindle
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three-half-stars

“She who wields the mark is the barrier between man and monster. She is the daughter of gods, the mother of man, protector of all. Vigilati Usque Ad Mortem”
All Isla Macallen wanted was a simple existence on her little Scottish island, free from her mother’s insanity and the prying eyes of neighbors. What she got was embroiled in a war for the souls of mankind. A war of good versus evil, of witches versus demons, and Isla learns that she alone can end it.
Dr. Jeremiah Rousseau was a self-proclaimed nomad, traveling the world researching paranormal phenomena. He doesn’t expect his research to lead him to Scotland, and to the woman who will turn his world upside down.
Together with a facetious shapeshifting animal spirit guide, Jeremiah and Isla discover that she is part of an ancient bloodline bred to protect the gateways between the human world and the spirit world, to keep evil demons from destroying them. They must find the key to defeating Alastore, the demon king, and closing the gate before Samhain, when the veil between the worlds is lifted. As the war for their souls wages around them, Isla and Jeremiah will risk it all for love—a love neither had ever thought possible.

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Review: ‘Bunny and the Bear’ by Eve Langlais

Review: ‘Bunny and the Bear’ by Eve Langlais

Bunny and the Bear

by Eve Langlais
Series: Furry United Coalition #1
Published by Eve Langlais on August 11th 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 162
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
four-stars

What’s a poor bear to do when all he wants is some sweet, bunny pie?
Bears and bunnies aren’t supposed to mix, or that’s what Chase keeps telling himself when his bouncy new neighbor won’t stay out of his business—and his mind. However, the more he gets to know his overly perky neighbor, the more he craves her—naked in his grasp—a desire worse than his addiction to honey and pie.
Miranda’s on a mission for the Furry United Coalition, and it involves secretly guarding one grumpy ol’ bear. Staying focused on the job isn’t easy when all she can think about is turning his frown upside down, a task made harder when she gets a glimpse of his passion. When she hears about his theory on woodland creatures and predators not mixing, she thinks all is lost, but she didn’t count on a bear’s curious nature—and possessive need.
When an evil force abducts Chase, Miranda unleashes her bunny in order to save him, but the revelation of her shifter side puts her in danger. Is one ornery bear enough to save her from a mad scientist? And if he does, can a bear forget her woodland creature status long enough to love her and make her his mate?
Warning: Pies were harmed in the making of this story and naughty references made about honey that might offend some readers

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Review: ‘Freefall’ by Susan Rae

Review: ‘Freefall’ by Susan Rae

Freefall

by Susan Rae
Published by Musa Publishing on June 21st 2012
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 297
Format: eBook
Amazon Kindle
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three-half-stars

He felt as if he was falling—freefalling through 15,000 feet—without a parachute. It was exciting, thrilling—and deadly. He’d brought Kate up here to protect her, to keep her out of trouble. He’d told himself he owed that much to Keith. Now all he wanted to do was take her down into the cabin and ravage her ‘til dawn...
Kate Reynolds’s quest to unravel the mystery of her brother’s plane crash throws her into the turbulent wake of suave pilot/mechanic Everett Larsen. His gray gaze ignites in her a passion as powerful as a jet stream, but it also sparks a memory...
Drawn to Milwaukee by Keith's cryptic message, Larsen is unprepared for the torrent of emotion he feels when he sees Kate—after his wife’s death, he is afraid to love again. But when Kate gets too close to the truth, he is even more afraid to lose her.

Kate Reynolds heads to Wisconsin to find out what happened to her brother and why his plane crashed. Her brother is now in a coma at the hospital, and she has a feeling that someone may have sabotaged his aircraft and tried to murder him. She wants to find out who would want to kill her brother and in the meantime, she decides to help out at his business, Aeromac. When she gets to town though, she keeps bumping into a man that she swears she’s seen before, but the man keeps dodging her questions. Everett Lawson is in Milwaukee to find out what happened to Kate’s brother as well. He wants to know why a good pilot like Keith is in a coma. Once he runs into Kate though, he’s supposed to be keeping his emotions at bay with her, but for some reason, ever since he first saw her, he has been attracted to her (but is the first bump he has with her…or his he keeping a secret). Once Kate and Everett start unraveling the truth, Kate starts questioning things that she never thought possible. In the end, though, she realizes she’ll overcome those fears and worries, once she starts trusting people and finding out the truth, herself. My thoughts on “Freefall”; first it was a rough start to get into the book, but once the mystery started unraveling, I had a hard time putting down my iPad. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense of the story and what happened. What amazed me the most was how Kate got herself into some sticky situations, but she always managed to get out of them. (especially one specific scene, that I was amazed about) I loved how Susan Rae had Kate get over her fears at the end of the book and also enjoyed the part in the hospital between Kate, and her brother. (won’t give that away because I do not want to spoil it for anyone) This book had me crying, angry, and happy at times. I was an emotional wreck in certain parts of the book, but that’s because I’m a big sap when it comes to happy endings and of course parts that make me cry no matter what. I recommend this book to mystery and suspense readers out there. You’ll enjoy unraveling the mystery with the characters, just like I did. This was an exciting story, and it was my first story that involved airplanes. May I say…I have a fear of small planes, but maybe I can get over my fears eventually.

Review: ‘The Lady Knights of Barony’ by Elise Marion

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Review: ‘The Lady Knights of Barony’ by Elise Marion

The Lady Knights of Barony

by Elise Marion
Series: Kings of Cardenas #2.5
Published by Createspace on July 31st 2012
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 342
Format: eArc
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Goodreads
five-stars

Three women. Three stories. One Sisterhood.
With the war in Barony at an end, peace reigns and rebuilding efforts continue beneath the steady vigilance of King Serge and Queen Isabelle. The lady knights have returned home, unchanged by new titles and lands. But with a rash of kidnappings spreading across the province, the lady knights will find themselves torn apart by the machinations of a mad man.
Ava Longley, captain of the lady knights, never expected to become the target of an obsessed murderous madman. When a kidnapper is sent to abduct her, Ava sees it as the perfect opportunity to bring the mastermind to justice. To Julian Vincent, Lady Longley is no more than the means to an end. However, when sparks fly between them, Julian is faced with an impossible decision.
After being sold into slavery by her king and washing up onto the shore of Cardenas, the friendless African Amazon, Mudiwa Akua, was taken in by Barony’s female soldier’s regiment. When her tranquil existence is disturbed and she finds herself on a ship bound for the exotic island of Martinique, Mudiwa faces certain death and possible enslavement for the second time in her life, dredging up ghosts of a past she had long thought forgotten. When planter Isaac Prideux comes upon a mysterious African woman, beaten and half-dead, he takes it upon himself to care for her. He never imagined doing so would shake up his monotonous life so completely.
After the highly honored title of onna bugeisha—the feminine equivalent of a samurai—begins to lose its power in Japan, Hanako Kiyomi sees no choice but to flee. But when her deserted husband comes searching for her, Hanako escapes him the only way she knows how: marriage in name only to a stranger. Lord Garrick Overton has always admired the cool, stoic Hanako from afar. Marriage to the woman he’s desired for years seems like a good idea; until she proposes the marriage be in name only. As he sets out to win her heart, he faces not only a tough task but a begrudged man that will stop at nothing to win back what he has lost.
Their courage will be tried. Their hearts will be put to the test. Can three headstrong women maintain their independent natures while surrendering to love?

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Review: ‘Red’ by Kate SeRine

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Review: ‘Red’ by Kate SeRine

Red

by Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales #1
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. on August 2nd 2012
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 330
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley, publisher
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Goodreads
four-stars

“My name is Tess Little. But everyone calls me Red.”
Once upon a time, a spell went awry, stranding Make Believe characters in the ordinary world. Since then, Tess “Red” Little—a/k/a Little Red Riding Hood—has worked as an Enforcer for the Chicago branch of the Fairytale Management Authority. But, consider yourself warned—she’s not just some waif with a basket of goodies. All grown up and with nothing to lose, a gun and combat boots is more her style. And Red’s new assignment threatens to be short on happily ever afters…
Someone is murdering transplanted Tales in gruesome fashion. The list of fictional characters capable of such grisly acts is short and includes more than one of Red’s old flames. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s another complication, in the form of sexy, enigmatic Nate Grimm, the FMA’s lead detective and part-time Reaper. Used to following her own rules and living life on the edge, Red has managed to avoid taking on a partner until now. But Nate’s dark side makes him perfect for a case like this. That is, if she can trust him. Because if there’s one thing Red knows for sure, it’s that believing in the wrong person can have big, bad consequences…