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

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

Ceremony in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #5
Published by Berkley Books on May 28, 1997
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
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four-stars

Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside of her home, Eve takes the warning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own beliefs of right and wrong - and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil...


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Review: ‘The Darkest Hour’ by Maya Banks #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘The Darkest Hour’ by Maya Banks #Romanceopoly2020

The Darkest Hour

by Maya Banks
Series: KGI #1
Published by Berkley on September 7, 2010
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

It’s been one year since ex-Navy SEAL Ethan Kelly last saw his wife Rachel alive. Overwhelmed by grief and guilt over his failures as a husband, Ethan shuts himself off from everything and everyone.
His brothers have tried to bring Ethan into the KGI fold, tried to break through the barriers he’s built around himself, but Ethan refuses to respond… until he receives anonymous information claiming Rachel is alive.
To save her, Ethan will have to dodge bullets, cross a jungle, and risk falling captive to a deadly drug cartel that threatens his own demise. And even if he succeeds, he’ll have to force Rachel to recover memories she can’t and doesn’t want to relive—the minute by minute terror of her darkest hour—for their love, and their lives, may depend on it.


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Review: ‘Dark Gold’ by Christine Feehan #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Dark Gold’ by Christine Feehan #Romanceopoly2020

Dark Gold

by Christine Feehan
Series: Dark #3, Carpathian #3
Published by Avon on November 21, 2010
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 344
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars

#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan delivers another deliciously dark paranormal romance in the DARK Series
They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light . . . was he a man . . . or a miracle?
Alexandria Houton will sacrifice anything—even her life—to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encounter unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex can only cry to heaven for their deliverance . . .
And out of the darkness swoops Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful and more mysterious than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatches them from a hideous fate. But is Aidan a miracle . . . or a monster? Is he Alex's salvation . . . or her sin?
If she surrenders to Aidan's savage, unearthly seduction and gives him the color, the light, the family he craves, will Alex truly save her brother . . . or sacrifice more than her life?


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

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

Rapture in Death

by J.D. Robb
Series: In Death #4
Published by Berkley Books on October 1, 1996
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 294
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
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four-half-stars

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious. And her instincts paid off when autopsies revealed small burns on the brains of the victims.
Was it a genetic abnormality or a high-tech method of murder? Eve's investigation turned to the provocative world of virtual-reality games - where the same techniques used to create joy and desire could also prompt the mind to become the weapon of its own destruction...


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Review: ‘A Wedding in Springtime’ by Amanda Forester #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘A Wedding in Springtime’ by Amanda Forester #Romanceopoly2020

A Wedding in Springtime

by Amanda Forester
Series: Marriage Mart #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on May 7, 2013
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 391
Format: Paperback
Source: publisher
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three-half-stars

Her Timing Couldn't Be Worse...
Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation to the queen is spoiled by a serious faux pas—the despicable William Grant made her laugh, right in front of Her Majesty. Now Eugenia is ruined and had better marry—someone, anyone—at once...
And His Couldn't Be Better...
Roguish William Grant has never taken anything seriously in his life. Until he meets Eugenia Talbot, who makes him feel and do thing he never thought he would.
Now Eugenia's great sense of humor and kindheartedness may be her undoing, unless William can help her find a husband. To his surprise, that's the last thing he wants to do...


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Review: ‘Archangel’s Shadows’ by Nalini Singh

Review: ‘Archangel’s Shadows’ by Nalini Singh

Archangel's Shadows

by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #7
Published by Berkley Sensation on October 28, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 361
Format: Paperback, AudioBook
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four-half-stars

Return to New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s sensual and painfully beautiful Guild Hunter world in her new novel of sacrifice, loyalty, and the choices of love that can shatter the heart.
In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot—should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…
Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.


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Review: ‘Desire Untamed’ by Pamela Palmer #Romanceopoly2020

Review: ‘Desire Untamed’ by Pamela Palmer #Romanceopoly2020

Desire Untamed

by Pamela Palmer
Series: Feral Warriors #1
Published by Avon on June 30, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 363
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

They are called Feral Warriors—an elite band of immortals who can change shape at will. Sworn to rid the world of evil, consumed by sorcery and seduction, their wild natures are primed for release . . .
Kara MacAllister's quiet small-town life is transformed forever the night a powerful stranger rips her from her home, claiming she is the chosen one—the key to his survival.
Spiriting her away into the rain-soaked night, Lyon reveals a truth Kara can barely credit. She's immortal, and the only one who can save his race. And deep within her, he arouses a fierce, primal hunger beyond anything she's ever imagined.
But only when their lives are threatened by an ancient evil will Kara and Lyon realize they have found a love they would risk their immortal souls to claim . . . and a powerful desire that could never, ever be tamed.
And he begins to wonder if the woman who's stolen his heart is destined to be his salvation...or his doom.


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