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Conspiracy in Death by J.D. RobbMidnight in Death by J.D. RobbArchangel's Viper by Nalini Singh
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Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ by J.K. Rowling #Romanceopoly2020

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

by J.K. Rowling, Olly Moss
Series: Harry Potter #1
on June 26, 1997
Genres: Middle Grade
Pages: 345
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

"Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter 'H'."
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!


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Review: ‘Archangel’s Storm’ by Nalini Singh

Review: 'Archangel's Storm' by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s Storm’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Storm

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #5
Published by Berkley on September 4, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 337
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s darkly beautiful world of archangels and immortal power, as a pact is sealed between two souls bound by blood, stirred by desire, and driven by vengeance…
With wings of midnight and an affinity for shadows, Jason courts darkness. But now, with the Archangel Neha’s consort lying murdered in the jewel-studded palace that was his prison and her rage threatening cataclysmic devastation, Jason steps into the light, knowing he must unearth the murderer before it is too late.
Earning Neha’s trust comes at a price—Jason must tie himself to her bloodline through the Princess Mahiya, a woman with secrets so dangerous, she trusts no one. Least of all an enemy spymaster.
With only their relentless hunt for a violent, intelligent killer to unite them, Jason and Mahiya embark on a quest that leads to a centuries-old nightmare… and to the dark storm of an unexpected passion that threatens to drench them both in blood.


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

Review: 'Naked in Death' by J.D. Robb #InDeathReadALong

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

Naked in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #1
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on July 1, 1995
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 306
Format: eBook, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
four-stars

Here is the novel that started it all- the first book in J.D. Robb's number-one New York Times-bestselling In Death series, featuring New York homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Roarke.
It is the year 2058, and technology now completely rules the world. But New York City Detective Eve Dallas knows that the irresistible impulses of the human heart are still ruled by just one thing: passion.
When a senator's daughter is killed, the secret life of prostitution she'd been leading is revealed. The high-profile case takes Lieutenant Eve Dallas into the rarefied circles of Washington politics and society. Further complicating matters is Eve's growing attraction to Roarke, who is one of the wealthiest and most influential men on the planet, devilishly handsome... and the leading suspect in the investigation.


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Review: ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Kristen Ashley #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Review: 'Sweet Dreams' by Kristen Ashley #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Review: ‘Sweet Dreams’ by Kristen Ashley #RomanceopolyChallenge2020

Sweet Dreams

by Kristen Ashley
Series: Colorado Mountain #2
Published by Forever on June 20, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 656
Format: Paperback, eBook, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Welcome to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Ashley's Colorado Mountain Series, where friends become family and everyone deserves a second chance.When you lose everything, anything is possible.
Lauren Grahame needs a whole new life. A simpler life. After leaving her cheating husband, she moves to Carnal, Colorado, takes a job as a waitress, and realizes she might have finally found the hometown she'd been searching for. Except things are about to get a lot more complicated . . .
Lauren's fresh start does not include her growing feelings for her boss, Tate Jackson. She'll take the new friends, the new job, not to mention the incredible banana bread from the local coffee shop, but love is not on the agenda.
However, the people of Carnal know chemistry when they see it, and they're not about to let Tate and Lauren miss their chance.


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Review: ‘Archangel’s Blade’ by Nalini Singh

Review: 'Archangel's Blade' by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s Blade’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Blade

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #4
Published by Berkley Sensation on September 6, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh is back in the shadows of a deadly, beautiful world where angels rule, vampires serve, and one female hunter must crawl out of the darkness to survive…
The severed head marked by a distinctive tattoo on its cheek should have been a Guild case, but dark instincts honed over hundreds of years of life compel the vampire Dmitri to take control. There is something twisted about this death, something that whispers of centuries long past…but Dmitri’s need to discover the truth is nothing to the vicious strength of his response to the hunter assigned to decipher the tattoo.
Savaged in a brutal attack that almost killed her, Honor is nowhere near ready to come face to face with the seductive vampire who is an archangel’s right hand, and who wears his cruelty as boldly as his lethal sensuality…the same vampire who has been her secret obsession since the day she was old enough to understand the inexplicable, violent emotions he aroused in her.
As desire turns into a dangerous compulsion that might destroy them both, it becomes clear the past will not stay buried. Something is hunting…and it will not stop until it brings a blood-soaked nightmare to life once more…


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Re-Post Review: ‘Archangel’s Consort’ by Nalini Singh

Re-Post Review: 'Archangel's Consort' by Nalini Singh

Re-Post Review: ‘Archangel’s Consort’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Consort

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Published by Berkley Sensation on January 25, 2011
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

Nalini Singh steps back into the shadows of her heartbreakingly original world where angels rule, vampires serve, and the innocent can pay the greatest price of all ...Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil ...A vampire has attacked a girls' school - the assault one of sheer, vicious madness - and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders. The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear. An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed ...


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Review: ‘Sweet Ruin’ by Kresley Cole

Review: 'Sweet Ruin' by Kresley Cole

Review: ‘Sweet Ruin’ by Kresley Cole

Sweet Ruin

by Kresley Cole
Series: Immortals After Dark #16
Published by Gallery Books on December 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 529
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
three-half-stars

An immortal assassin is caught between desire and duty...

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl...
to would-be superhero... to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission
A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood -
and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.
A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin...


Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him.
When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.


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Re-Post Review: ‘Archangel’s Kiss’ by Nalini Singh

Re-Post Review: ‘Archangel’s Kiss’ by Nalini Singh

Re-Post Review: ‘Archangel’s Kiss’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Kiss

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #2
Published by Berkley Sensation on February 2nd 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 323
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her world of angelic rulers, vampiric servants, and the woman thrust into their darkly seductive world...
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find herself changed—an angel with wings the colors of midnight and dawn—but her fragile body needs time to heal before she can take flight. Her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel, Raphael, is used to being in control—especially when it comes to the woman he considers his own. But Elena has never done well with authority.
They've barely begun to understand each other when Raphael receives an invitation to a ball from the archangel, Lijuan. To refuse would be a sign of fatal weakness, so Raphael must ready Elena for the flight to Beijing—and to the nightmare that awaits them there. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan holds a power that lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena.


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Review: ‘Moon Called’ by Patricia Briggs #romanceopoly

Review: 'Moon Called' by Patricia Briggs #romanceopoly

Review: ‘Moon Called’ by Patricia Briggs #romanceopoly

Moon Called

by Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #1
Published by Ace Books on January 31, 2006
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 289
Format: AudioBook, Paperback
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

Mercedes Thompson, aka Mercy, is a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. She also happens to be a walker, a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Mercy's next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a bus for a vampire. This is the world of Mercy Thompson, one that looks a lot like ours but is populated by those things that go bump in the night. And Mercy's connection to those things is about to get her into some serious hot water...


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Review: ‘Taking Shots’ by Toni Aleo #Reviewathon

Review: 'Taking Shots' by Toni Aleo #Reviewathon

Review: ‘Taking Shots’ by Toni Aleo #Reviewathon

Taking Shots

by Toni Aleo
Series: Assassins #1
Published by Loveswept on October 4, 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 490
Format: AudioBook
Source: Audible Escape
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three-stars

In Toni Aleo’s exhilarating Loveswept debut, the first in a series featuring the hockey hunks of the Nashville Assassins, a reformed bad boy helps a charming, willful woman face off against the demons of her past.   No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what’s happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world.   A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he’s living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli. After laying eyes on this feisty, witty, beautiful woman, he feels like he’s just taken the hardest hit of his life. No matter how skeptical she is, Shea knows they are meant to be together—if only he can convince Elli to put her insecurities aside before she misses out on a shot at love.
Praise for Toni Aleo’s Nashville Assassins romances  “Aleo melts the ice and hits it into the net with her Assassins series.”—Award-winning author Jami Davenport   “Taking Shots is really the whole package. You get romance, humor, steamy sex, drama, and then it all wraps up with a great conclusion. I am amazed that this is Toni’s first book. She has come out in a huge way. I can’t wait to read more from her. Don’t hesitate for a moment to grab this book.”—Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews   “A little steamy, a little heartbreaking, and a whole lot of fanning yourself are in order this time around readers. Are your cheeks feeling a little pink yet? Get used to the feeling.”—Dreaming in the Pages, on Trying to Score   “Empty Net is an honest, heartwarming, endearing story. . . . Toni Aleo doesn’t just write a story. She gives you the ability to experience the journey of her characters right along with them. Her stories are enveloped with passion, emotion, humor, love; and let me tell you, that girl knows how to write a sex scene that just makes you sweat!”—Guilty Pleasures Book Review   “Sexy and riveting . . . the perfect combination of love and lust.”—USA Today bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin, on Blue Lines  Includes a special message from the editor, as well as excerpts from these Loveswept titles: Trying to Score and Empty Net.


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