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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
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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: ‘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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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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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…


ARC Review: ‘Hell on Wheels’ by Julie Ann Walker

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ARC Review: ‘Hell on Wheels’ by Julie Ann Walker

Hell on Wheels

by Julie Ann Walker
Series: Black Knights Inc. #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on August 7th 2012
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 349
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley, publisher
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five-stars

He’s the bad boy she’s always wanted...
Nate “Ghost” Weller has loved Ali Morgan nearly half his life. But he’s done something so heinous he’s convinced she’ll never forgive him if she discovers the truth, so he keeps his feelings and his secrets to himself. Then she blows into town with a mother lode of bad guys on her tail and Nate can’t deny she’s in serious trouble. Unfortunately, he’s the only one who can help her.
She’s the good girl he’s kept at arm’s length...
Ali knows Nate as the most solemn, aloof man on the planet. Sadly, he’s also the sexiest. For years she’s avoided him, unable to stomach his dark scowls and brooding silences… especially when she secretly yearns for his touch. Now she must rely on him to save her from the malevolent shadows ghosting her every move. When the bullets explode, so does their passion. But can love really conquer all? Or are some things just too terrible to forgive?


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Review: ‘Because of You’ by Jessica Scott

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Review: ‘Because of You’ by Jessica Scott

Because of You

by Jessica Scott
Series: Coming Home #1
Published by Random House Publishing Group on November 14th 2011
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 200
Format: eArc
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five-stars


A Love Story You'll Never Forget:
From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.
Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there's more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he'll never see again - until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.
Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there's a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels, for the first time in a long time, like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty - it's a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected - her deepest desire...
Loveswept brings you the very best of classic romance - from treasured favourites to exciting new talent, these are love stories you'll never forget. Find out about other titles in the series and choose your next Loveswept hero at www.lovesweptbooks.co.uk


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Review: ‘A Hunger So Wild’ by Sylvia Day

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Review: ‘A Hunger So Wild’ by Sylvia Day

A Hunger So Wild

by Sylvia Day
Series: Renegade Angels #2
Published by Signet on July 3rd 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 343
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley, publisher
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five-stars

The New York Times bestselling author of Bared to You, Sylvia Day, draws us into the shadows of a seductive underworld where lycans, vampires and angels vie for supremacy…
Elijah Reynolds is the most dominant of lycans, a rare Alpha whose skill on the hunt is surpassed only by his primal sexuality. When the lycans revolt due to the iron fist of angelic rule, he steps into command, becoming both enemy and coveted ally in the conflict between vampires and angels.
Vashti is the second most powerful vampire in the world, a lethal beauty with a path of devastation in her wake. Tasked with proposing an alliance between vampires and the lycans who killed her mate, Vash approaches Elijah, whose need to avenge a friend demands Vash’s death even as his passion demands her surrender.
Soon, their enmity erodes beneath an all-consuming desire. Elijah has never encountered a woman whose warrior spirit and fierce sexual appetite rivals his own, while Vash is faced with the one man strong enough to be her equal. But as war looms, each must decide where their loyalty lies—with their own kind or with the enemy lover they can no longer live without.  


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Review: ‘The Darkest Day’ by Britt Bury

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Review: ‘The Darkest Day’ by Britt Bury

The Darkest Day

by Britt Bury
Series: Immortal Heat #1
Published by Forever Yours on July 3rd 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 300
Format: eArc
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four-stars

ALL-CONSUMING DESIRE . . .
Izel Campbell was raised to believe she is an immortal Fionn with the magical skills of persuasion. But when she travels to Scotland to visit her ancestral home, Izel discovers that she is actually the world's last living human. Forced to run for her life, Izel crosses paths with Kelvin Kerr, the Campbells' greatest foe-and the most magnificent warrior she has ever seen.
BURNS BRIGHTEST . . .
A thousand-year-old battle chief of the Kerr clan, Kelvin lives only to avenge his father, who died at the hands of the bloody Campbells. Honor demands he kill the Campbell heir, but when he learns that the lovely Izel is both Campbell and human, Kelvin is torn between duty and desire . . .
ON THE DARKEST DAY
Word Count: 86,000. This is Book 1 in The Immortal Heat series.


Review: ‘Angel Betrayed’ by Cynthia Eden

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Review: ‘Angel Betrayed’ by Cynthia Eden

Angel Betrayed

by Cynthia Eden
Series: The Fallen #2
Published by Kensington Books on June 26, 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 321
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley, publisher
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four-half-stars

A LITTLE BIT OF ANGEL LUST.
Sammael – call him Sam – was an angel once. An angel of death. But the dispassionate, watch-from-above thing just wasn’t working for him when it meant watching evil torture innocent souls day in and day out. It might have cost him his wings, but these days, he gets to apply the direct method on the bad guys. Problem is, what’s making his life difficult is a bad girl…
Seline O’Shaw needs protection, and with the hounds of hell on her tail, she’s not going to quibble too hard about where she gets it. Sam’s virtue is questionable, but he’s smoking hot, massively powerful, and owes her a favor. So what if she’s getting a little case of angel lust? There are some damn deadly sins after her hide…


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Review: ‘Enslaved in Shadows’ by Tigris Eden

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Review: ‘Enslaved in Shadows’ by Tigris Eden

Enslaved in Shadows

by Tigris Eden
Series: Shadow Unit #1
Published by Book Rhythm on June 18th 2012
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 232
Format: eArc
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three-half-stars

He's torn between his past and his future...
Agent Draven Stone's job is simple, most of the time. An agent of the Shadow Unit, he polices his own kind. As a powerful werewolf, he's very good at his job. But when a routine assignment in lovely, tropical Belize means he must protect the lovely human female who still stars in his darkest fantasies, Draven faces a terrible choice--between the sweetest memory of his past and his responsibility to the future of his kind.
Her battered heart will be tested yet again...
Jesminda Zealand can't let the tall, magnetic Draven back into her life. Five years ago, she trusted him for one magical night, and he disappeared, leaving her to deal with the consequences alone. When she turned to another man for help, she found herself trapped in years of abuse that have left her scarred, both physically and emotionally. Does she dare to trust again? Her life has forced her to be strong, but she's not sure she can survive one more betrayal.
In the battle to come, lives will be changed. For the better, or will woman and were find themselves enslaved by their need for one another?
**This is a Multicultural Dark PNR Erotic Romance** Warning: Torture Scene and foul language. 18 years and older
Don't miss this thrilling, sensual tale of dark suspense--get your copy of ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS today


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Review: ‘Simmer’ by Kaitlyn Davis

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Review: ‘Simmer’ by Kaitlyn Davis

Simmer

by Kaitlyn Davis
Series: Midnight Fire #2
Published by Kaitlyn Davis on April 3rd 2012
Pages: 450
Format: eArc
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three-stars

Slowly, like a whisper almost blown away in the wind, two words streaked across her mind: 'Kiss me.'
Kira may have survived the eclipse, but her troubles are far from over. She's headed to Sonnyville with one goal in mind: to learn more about her parents. But with Luke and Tristan competing for her heart and Diana gunning for her head, time is running out on the search for her mother. And the closer Kira gets to answers, the more terrified she becomes. The conduits fear her, the vampires fear her, and Kira is starting to wonder if maybe they're right...


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