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Review: ‘Lord of the Fading Lands’ by C.L. Wilson #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Lord of the Fading Lands’ by C.L. Wilson #Romanceopoly2020

Lord of the Fading Lands

by C.L. Wilson
Series: Tairen Soul #1
Published by HarperCollins on October 2, 2007
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 402
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Once he drove back the darkness. Once he loved with such passion his name was legend.
Once, driven wild with grief over the murder of his beloved, the majestic Fey King Rain Tairen Soul had laid waste to the world before vanishing into the Fading Lands. Now, a thousand years later, a new threat draws him back into the world—and a new love reawakens the heart he thought long dead.
Ellysetta, a woodcarver’s daughter, calls to Rain in a way no other ever had. Mysterious and magical, her soul beckons him with a compelling, seductive song—and no matter the cost, the wildness in his blood will not be denied.
As an ancient, familiar evil regains its strength, causing centuries-old alliances to crumble and threatening doom for Rain and his people... he must claim his truemate to embrace the destiny woven for them both in the mists of time.


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Review: ‘Nuts’ by Alice Clayton #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Nuts’ by Alice Clayton #Romanceopoly2020

Nuts

by Alice Clayton
Series: Hudson Valley #1
Published by Gallery Books on October 20, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 308
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.
When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?
Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.


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Review: ‘Halfway to the Grave’ by Jeaniene Frost #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Halfway to the Grave’ by Jeaniene Frost #Romanceopoly2020

Halfway to the Grave

by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1
Published by Avon on October 30, 2007
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 358
Format: eBook, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Flirting With The Grave…
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother’s life. Then she’s captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.
In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She’s amazed she doesn’t end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn’t have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side … and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.


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Review: ‘Reckoning’ by Jeaniene Frost

Review: ‘Reckoning’ by Jeaniene Frost

Reckoning

by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #0.5
Published by Avon HarperCollins on November 29, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 100
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

In New Orleans, a pair of undead ghoul serial killers is about to turn Mardi Gras into a horror show - unless the immortal hitman Bones can hunt them down first. Can he avoid redhaired vampire mercenary in pursuit at the same time? From anthology Unbound.


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Review: ‘Dark Pleasures’ by Aja James

Review: ‘Dark Pleasures’ by Aja James

Dark Pleasures

by Aja James
Series: Pure/Dark Ones #4
Published by Self-Published on June 15, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 320
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-half-stars

Devlin Sinclair, the New England Dark Ones’ Hunter, is on a mission to track down the elusive and mysterious Medusa, perhaps the ultimate nemesis the Pure and Dark Ones have been battling in recent years.
But he can’t do it alone.
Grace Darling has isolated herself from the world since a very young age, after her parents’ death and because of her own social disability. Awkward and brilliant, a born sensualist, Grace agrees to a blind date that changes the course of Destiny.
She has the skills he needs.
Their chemistry is off the charts, but will she, can she, give him the love he craves?


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Review: ‘Tangled’ by Emma Chase #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Tangled’ by Emma Chase #Romanceopoly2020

Tangled

by Emma Chase
Series: Tangled #1
Published by Gallery Books on January 14, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 232
Format: eBook, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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three-half-stars

When rich, handsome, and arrogant meets beautiful, brilliant, and ambitious, things are bound to get tangled
Drew Evans makes multimillion-dollar business deals and seduces New York's most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He'll tell you he has the flu, but we all know that's not really true.
When Katherine Brooks is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father's investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy's life is thrown into a tailspin. The professional competition she brings is unnerving, his attraction to her is distracting, his failure to entice her into his bed is exasperating.
How can one woman turn a smooth-talking player into a broken, desperate man? By making the one thing he never wanted in life the only thing he can't live without.


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Review: ‘Gemini’ by Gemma James

Review: ‘Gemini’ by Gemma James

Gemini

by Gemma James
Series: The Zodiac Queen #3
Published by Self-Published on February 20, 2020
Genres: Dark Romance
Pages: 79
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-half-stars

Twelve men. A virgin queen. One arranged marriage.

Three men.
Too many betrayals.
A multitude of secrets.

They circle me like the walls in this tower.

Because Landon Astor isn’t who I thought he was. My history entwines with his in ways I don’t want to believe are true. And speaking of histories…Sebastian’s past struts in sporting a pair of stilettos and an attitude to match the lion’s ego.

But discovering the truth about Liam is the harshest blow. He was my safe haven in this madness—the one man I thought I could trust the most.

Now I’m in a free-fall with no one to catch me.

Because if the three men I thought I knew best are capable of turning my world upside down, I don’t want to know what the other nine men in the Zodiac Brotherhood have in store for me.

Part 3 of The Zodiac Queen.


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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
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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: ‘Dark Desires’ by Aja James

Review: ‘Dark Desires’ by Aja James

Dark Desires

by Aja James
Series: Pure/Dark Ones #3
Published by Self-Published on April 5, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 331
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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four-stars

Ryu Takamura is the Dark Ones’ Assassin. He has never missed his target…until now. Until her.
Ava Monroe is a talented geneticist who holds the key to the vampire race’s future…and perhaps her own as well.
Their attraction is explosive from the first. She would do anything to have him. He would sacrifice all to protect her.
But will their love triumph over seemingly impossible odds as they battle enemies new and old? Especially the demons from Ryu’s past? And deep within his heart?


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Review: ‘The Mistake’ by Elle Kennedy #RomanceopolyChallenege2020

Review: ‘The Mistake’ by Elle Kennedy #RomanceopolyChallenege2020

The Mistake

by Elle Kennedy
Series: Off-Campus #2
Published by Self-Published on May 6, 2015
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

He’s a player in more ways than one…
College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.
Now he’s going to need to up his game…
After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.


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