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Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 18 books this year.

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February Reviews
Fix Her Up by Tessa BaileyA Madness of Sunshine by Nalini SinghMalice by Pintip DunnHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling, Olly MossGlory in Death by J.D. RobbIgnite on Contact by Jaci BurtonArchangel's Storm by Nalini Singh
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Review: ‘Scandal Never Sleeps’ by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

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Review: ‘Scandal Never Sleeps’ by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Scandal Never Sleeps

by Shayla Black, Lexi Blake
Series: The Perfect Gentlemen #1
Published by Berkley on August 18th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Source: publisher
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four-half-stars

From the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series . . .
They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .
Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .
Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .
As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .


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ARC Review: ‘Tracks of Her Tears’ by @MelindaLeigh1

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ARC Review: ‘Tracks of Her Tears’ by @MelindaLeigh1

Tracks of Her Tears (Rogue Winter, #1)

by Melinda Leigh
Published by Montlake Romance on November 10, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 99
Source: Netgalley
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five-stars

In the first thrilling Rogue Winter Novella, sleepy little Solitude, Oregon, wakes up to another deadly threat.
County investigator Seth Harding intends to spend the holidays with his newly reconciled family, but a few days before Christmas, a homicide thwarts his plan. Seth arrives at the scene and makes a painful discovery: the victim is his brother-in-law’s girlfriend. Her apartment has been ransacked and her toddler left motherless. To make matters worse, Seth’s brother-in-law, Bruce, is missing. With Solitude locked in a rare, deadly deep freeze and the temperature plummeting, the residents launch a desperate search.
Seth calls his wife, social worker Carly Taylor, to take the case so the little girl doesn’t get lost in the foster care system. With the holidays near, Carly brings the child home with them to celebrate Christmas. But when the Taylor farm is also trashed, Seth and Carly must race against time—and against a paralyzing winter storm—to find Bruce and catch a killer in the first pulse-pounding sequel to the Rogue River Novellas.


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Review: ‘Atonement’ by Winter Austin

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Review: ‘Atonement’ by Winter Austin

Atonement

by Winter Austin
Published by Crimson Romance on May 18th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 539
Source: Author
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five-stars

Atone for your sins…A rash of unexplained suicides in the sleepy town of Eider, Iowa, draws McIntire County deputy Nicolette Rivers into a devious killer’s twisted plot. A former marine sniper suffering from PTSD, Nic hides her own deadly secrets, and The Priest will do anything to expose it and her.
For redemption is at hand…Eider police detective Con O’Hanlon is assigned to help Nic uncover the truth behind the suicides. She rebuffs his help at every turn, but the stubborn Irishman holds on. When tragedy strikes, Con helps cover up the fallout, but is he too late to prevent Nic’s dark, downward spiral? Or is Con the one man stronger than her demons?


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Review: ‘Ricochet by @KeriLake

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Review: ‘Ricochet by @KeriLake

Ricochet

by Keri Lake
Series: Vigilantes #1
Published by Self-Published on January 1st 1970
Genres: Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 530
Source: Author
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five-stars

The only sure way to destroy a man is to take what he cannot live without.
Three years ago, I had everything.
A beautiful wife.A son.A reason for living.
Until a ruthless task force, assembled under Mayor Michael Culling, with a brutal strategy to make the streets of Detroit ‘safe’, ripped away everything I loved in a deadly hunt called The Culling.
They tried to kill me, too. I wish they had. Now I'm cursed by the memories of that night, and the words I whispered to my dying wife.
A promise—to avenge the wrong and set it right.
I’m no longer Nick Ryder. I’m a masked vigilante. Faceless. Loveless. Fearless. A man with nothing left to lose—one who's seen the dark and violent truth behind the city’s flawless veneer.
Michael Culling doesn’t know who I am. Or what I want. All he knows is that I’ve kidnapped his beautiful wife.
An eye for an eye—isn’t that how the saying goes? And Aubree Culling is the perfect pawn to destroy him.
If she doesn’t destroy me first.


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ARC Review: ‘Minutes to Kill’ by Melinda Leigh

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ARC Review: ‘Minutes to Kill’ by Melinda Leigh

Minutes to Kill

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Scarlet Falls #2
on June 30, 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
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five-stars

After corporate attorney Hannah Barrett tries—and fails—to stop a kidnapping in Vegas, she can’t shake the haunting image of the terrified young girl she couldn’t save. She tells herself that a visit to her hometown in Scarlet Falls could be a welcome distraction. But soon, Hannah realizes the kidnappers have all the info they need to track her every move. And when chilling e-mails about the victim appear in her inbox, it’s frighteningly clear what happened in Vegas has followed her home.
Eight months after a terrible family tragedy, Hannah turns to Detective Brody McNamara once again. Brody is eager to help, though he’s embroiled in the investigation of a brutal murder. But the closer they work together, the stronger their feelings grow…and the more they stand to lose when two seemingly unrelated, but equally deadly, cases collide.
Minutes to Kill is the pulse-racing second novel in bestselling author Melinda Leigh’s Scarlet Falls series.


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ARC Review: ‘Hard to Be Good’ by Laura Kaye

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ARC Review: ‘Hard to Be Good’ by Laura Kaye

Hard to Be Good

by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #3.5
Published by HarperCollins Publishers on April 14th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 101
Source: publisher
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four-stars

Hard Ink Tattoo owner Jeremy Rixey has taken on his brother’s stateside fight against the forces that nearly killed Nick and his Special Forces team a year before. Now, Jeremy’s whole world has been turned upside down—not the least of which by a brilliant, quiet blond man who tempts Jeremy to settle down for the first time ever.
Recent kidnapping victim Charlie Merritt has always been better with computers than people, so when he’s drawn into the SF team’s investigation of his army colonel father’s corruption, he’s surprised to find acceptance and friendship—especially since his father never accepted who Charlie was. Even more surprising is the heated tension Charlie feels with sexy, tattooed Jeremy, Charlie’s opposite in almost every way.
With tragedy and chaos all around them, temptation flashes hot, and Jeremy and Charlie can’t help but wonder why they’re trying so hard to be good...


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ARC Review: ‘Risking It All’ by Tessa Bailey

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ARC Review: ‘Risking It All’ by Tessa Bailey

Risking it All

by Tessa Bailey
Series: Crossing the Line #1
Published by Entangled: Select on January 27th 2015
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 400
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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four-half-stars

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.
Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.
Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.


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Review: ‘Walking on Her Grave’ by Melinda Leigh

Review: ‘Walking on Her Grave’ by Melinda Leigh

Walking on Her Grave

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Rogue River #4
Published by Montlake Romance on November 14, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 100
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

The electrifying conclusion of the romantic suspense novella series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.

The sleepy town of Solitude, Oregon, has turned into ground zero for a turf war between the manufacturers and distributors of a lethal new drug. When a teenage witness disappears, social worker Carly Taylor must find him before he’s silenced permanently.
Rogue County investigator Seth Harding wants to keep Carly, his estranged wife, out of harm’s way, but she refuses to let his concern keep her from doing her job. When one of her young charges vanishes, Carly gets pulled even deeper into the deadly case, and Seth knows he must help her…even if it leads them right into the criminals’ crosshairs.
Explosive and exciting to the last page, Walking on Her Grave is the fourth and final thrilling addition to the new romantic suspense series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.


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ARC Review: ‘Hard to Come By’ by Laura Kaye

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ARC Review: ‘Hard to Come By’ by Laura Kaye

Hard to Come By

by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #3
Published by Avon on November 25, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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Goodreads
four-half-stars

Caught between desire and loyalty…
Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.
When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the brother she once idolized and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek’s easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting the desire between them and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn’t trust.
As the team’s investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let slip away…


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ARC Review: ‘Gone to Her Grave’ by Melinda Leigh

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ARC Review: ‘Gone to Her Grave’ by Melinda Leigh

Gone to Her Grave

by Melinda Leigh
Series: Rogue River #2
Published by Montlake Romance on October 21, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 97
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Netgalley
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five-stars

In Solitude, Oregon, everyone has secrets…and some will kill to keep them.
When she believes a teen is falsely accused of drug dealing, social worker Carly Taylor takes on a high-risk case and her estranged husband—the detective in charge of the investigation—to prove the boy innocent. A deadly new designer drug has taken hold of her small rural hometown of Solitude, Oregon, and Carly is determined to find the real dealer and clear the teen’s name. But the deeper she digs into the case, the more danger she unearths, until someone decides it’s time for Carly to move on…permanently.
Investigator Seth Harding knows he can’t stop his wife when she has a child to protect. But he risks any chance of reconciliation with Carly if he can’t learn to accept her dangerous job. When a drug dealer decides Carly is getting too close, will Seth lose her altogether?
A pulse-pounding Rogue River novella, Gone to Her Grave is the second exciting addition to the new romantic suspense series from Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot.


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