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Books Reviewed in 2019

Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 93 books this year.

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Moon Called  by Patricia BriggsPolaris Rising by Jessie MihalikTaking Shots by Toni AleoGladiator by Anna HackettCruel Prince by Ashley JadeKill the Queen  by Jennifer EstepThe Judgment of Paris by Fall by McKayla BoxJaguar Hunt by Terry SpearDirty Rich Secrets: Part Two by Lisa Renee JonesThe Bride Test  by Helen HoangDark Desire  by Christine FeehanFirelight by Kristen CallihanDark Skye by Kresley ColeDirty Rich Secrets: Part One by Lisa Renee Jones
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ARC Review: ‘Risking It All’ by Tessa Bailey

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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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

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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ARC Review: ‘Her Grave Secrets’ by Kendra Elliot

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ARC Review: ‘Her Grave Secrets’ by Kendra Elliot

Her Grave Secrets

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Rogue River #3
Published by Montlake Romance on November 4, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 93
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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five-stars

There are no secrets in a small town—until someone has one worth dying for.
Local cop Stevie Taylor and police chief Zane Duncan have startling new proof that a deadly street drug is expanding its poisonous grip on their small town: a skull found on the banks of the Rogue River has two bullet holes in the back. Still caught up in the excitement of their new relationship, Stevie and Zane are determined to track down the drug’s source before more lives in Solitude, Oregon, are lost.
Then one death strikes especially close to home, leading to heartache and confusion for Stevie. As the drug distributers strike hard and the body count in Solitude grows higher, she and Zane must hunt down the deadly killer—but are they the predators, or the prey?
Filled with unexpected twists, Her Grave Secrets is the third exciting Rogue River novella in the romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

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ARC Review: ‘On Her Father’s Grave’ by Kendra Elliot

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ARC Review: ‘On Her Father’s Grave’ by Kendra Elliot

On Her Father's Grave

by Kendra Elliot
Series: Rogue River #1
Published by Montlake Romance on October 7, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 98
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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five-stars

In a small town like Solitude, Oregon, keeping a secret can be murder.
Stevie Taylor had left her sleepy Oregon hometown for a more exciting life. But after her police chief father passes away, the LAPD cop returns to Solitude and signs on as a patrol officer, hoping to heal from her loss…and from the horrific things she’s seen in the city.
In Solitude, everyone knows everyone else’s business—and, to Stevie’s dismay, local gossip soon ties her to the new police chief and a man from her past. Tragedy then shakes up the small town when a teenager dies after taking a strange new drug. Now, the seasoned LA cop must hunt down the dealer while investigating the most important case of her life, one that could divide her tranquil town.
The first of four thrilling Rogue River novellas, On Her Father’s Grave launches a new romantic suspense series from Kendra Elliot and Melinda Leigh.

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ARC Review: ‘Sweeter Than Sin’ by Shiloh Walker

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ARC Review: ‘Sweeter Than Sin’ by Shiloh Walker

Sweeter Than Sin

by Shiloh Walker
Series: Secrets & Shadows #2
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on September 30, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: eArc
Source: publisher
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four-stars

CAN’T FORGET THE PAIN
It took years for Adam to stop drowning his regrets in alcohol, and running the local bar doesn’t make it any easier—especially not when everyone he knows gathers there to discuss the shocking allegations that have shattered his hometown. When another murder rocks sleepy Madison to its core, it becomes chillingly clear that even more vicious wounds are waiting to be exposed.
WON’T RESIST THE PLEASURE
Nothing is sacred anymore, and no one is safe, least of all the mystery woman who shows up in town out of the blue, looking like every fantasy Adam’s ever had. She may have her own dangerous secrets, but she can’t ignore the urgent heat between them any more than he can. As a killer’s quest for vengeance explodes into violence, Adam is tempted to lose himself in the delicious promise of her body—until he realizes he’ll risk anything if she’ll give him her heart…in Sweeter than Sin by Shiloh Walker.

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Review: ‘Resist Me’ by A.O. Peart

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the Blog Tour Host in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Resist Me’ by A.O. Peart

Resist Me

by A.O. Peart
Series: McCoy Raven Brothers #1
Published by Three Graces Publishing on August 31, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 229
Format: eArc
Source: Blog Tour Host
Goodreads
three-half-stars

One fateful morning changes everything.
Lisbeth Anderson, the lone eyewitness of a shocking murder, believes the FBI witness protection program may be the only way for her to survive. But when a powerful explosion reduces the safe house to ashes, killing all of the FBI agents on duty, will she turn to a perfect stranger for help?
Ethan McCoy, a former-Marine-turned-firefighter, has never really cared for any woman. He lives his life to the fullest, enjoying the bad boy stigma and cultivating a particular taste for dominant sex. Girls come and go, allowed to stay only long enough to satisfy Ethan’s wild appetite.
One morning at dawn, Ethan’s fire brigade is called to a fatal house explosion that levels the structure. When he pries open a trap door to the hidden panic room under the house, he finds a gorgeous, though disheveled brunette. Lisbeth instantly turns Ethan’s world upside down, and he’s overcome by the burning desire to protect her, no matter the consequences.
All books in the McCoy Raven Brothers series are standalone and can be read in any order. They interconnect through the characters

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ARC Review: ‘Hard to Hold On to’ by Laura Kaye

I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher, Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

ARC Review: ‘Hard to Hold On to’ by Laura Kaye

Hard to Hold on To

by Laura Kaye
Series: Hard Ink #2.5
Published by Avon Impulse on August 19, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 208
Format: eArc
Source: publisher, Edelweiss
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four-stars

Edward "Easy" Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves--which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight. He may have just met her, but Jenna's the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.
Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can't describe how he makes her feel--and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.
As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

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ARC Review: ‘Breaking Bad’ by Karin Tabke

ARC Review: ‘Breaking Bad’ by Karin Tabke

Breaking Bad

by Karin Tabke
Series: Bad Boys of the Bay #2
Published by Self-Published on August 19, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 264
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Amazon Kindle
Goodreads
five-stars

Detective Stevie Cavanaugh is one tough cookie…with a sexy but vulnerable secret…
Law enforcement royalty, Stevie Cavanaugh’s fate was determined before she was born: follow her father’s lead, retiring only after becoming Sheriff. But as capable and strong as she is, one man dared to awaken her dark sensuality, only to leave her aching for more. Now he’s back, the baddest cop in the whole damn town, distracting her from the most important case of her career—capturing the Cain killer.
For Special Agent Jack Thornton, like Stevie, police work is in his blood. So is Stevie, the woman he left behind after just one perfect night. Now he’s forced to work with her to catch a killer. Only he wants more of Stevie, too.
According to Stevie, she’s not interested. But Jack knows her deepest darkest sexual secret—that while she’s a woman used to giving command, she also takes great pleasure in submitting—to him. Despite how things ended seven years prior, Jack is determined to take Stevie to the next level.
When the fire between them becomes an inferno, they’ll both savor the burn...

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