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Books Reviewed in 2019

Book Lovin' Mamas has reviewed 103 books this year.

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September Reviews
Beast: The Beginning by Mary Catherine GebhardThe Proposal by Jasmine GuilloryMason by Michelle HeardLove in Spades by Charlie CochetNothing to Fear by Juno RushdanToxic by Kim KarrFalcon by Michelle Heard
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Review: ‘Analiese Rising’ by Brenda Drake

Review: ‘Analiese Rising’ by Brenda Drake

Analiese Rising

by Brenda Drake
Published by Entangled: Teen on January 8, 2019
Pages: 350
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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three-stars

Half-Blood meets Antigoddess in a thrilling, romantic new series from New York Times bestselling author Brenda Drake.
When a stranger gives Analiese Jordan a list of names before he dies, the last thing she expects to see is her own on it. Not. Cool. Her search for answers leads to the man’s grandson, Marek, who has dangerous secrets of his own. Both are determined to unlock the mystery of the list.
But the truth is deadly. Analiese is a descendant of the God of Death, known as a Riser, with the power to raise the dead and control them. Finding out she has hidden powers? Cool. Finding out she turns corpses into killers? No, thank you.
Now the trail plants her and Marek in the middle of a war between gods who apparently want to raise an army of the Risen, and Analiese must figure out how to save the world—from herself.

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Review: ‘Love and Other Words’ by Christina Lauren #romanceopoly

Review: ‘Love and Other Words’ by Christina Lauren #romanceopoly

Love and Other Words

by Christina Lauren
Published by Gallery Books on April 10, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit
Pages: 432
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Goodreads
five-stars

Love, loss, friendship, and the betrayals of the past all collide in this first fiction novel from New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Autoboyography, Dating You / Hating You).
The story of the heart can never be unwritten.
Macy Sorensen is settling into an ambitious if emotionally tepid routine: work hard as a new pediatrics resident, plan her wedding to an older, financially secure man, keep her head down and heart tucked away.
But when she runs into Elliot Petropoulos—the first and only love of her life—the careful bubble she’s constructed begins to dissolve. Once upon a time, Elliot was Macy’s entire world—growing from her gangly bookish friend into the man who coaxed her heart open again after the loss of her mother...only to break it on the very night he declared his love for her.
Told in alternating timelines between Then and Now, teenage Elliot and Macy grow from friends to much more—spending weekends and lazy summers together in a house outside of San Francisco devouring books, sharing favorite words, and talking through their growing pains and triumphs. As adults, they have become strangers to one another until their chance reunion. Although their memories are obscured by the agony of what happened that night so many years ago, Elliot will come to understand the truth behind Macy’s decade-long silence, and will have to overcome the past and himself to revive her faith in the possibility of an all-consuming love.

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Review: ‘Firstlife’ by Gena Showalter #romanceopoly

Review: ‘Firstlife’ by Gena Showalter #romanceopoly

Firstlife

by Gena Showalter
Series: Everlife #1
Published by Harlequin Teen on February 23, 2016
Pages: 467
Format: Hardcover, AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

Step one...you die.
ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE.
Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she's drawn to isn't where the boy she's falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

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Review: ‘One Cruel Night’ by K.A. Linde

Review: ‘One Cruel Night’ by K.A. Linde

One Cruel Night

by K.A. Linde
Series: Cruel #0.5
Published by Self-Published on January 7 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 116
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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five-stars

A heart-stopping sexy contemporary romance prequel to
 USA Today bestselling author K.A. Linde's new Cruel Trilogy.

I spot the mysterious stranger across the party.

I’d seen him in the park, writing furiously in his worn leather notebook.

He’s pure confidence, born and bred in high society with eyes like a hawk—observant, cunning, and wicked. With sensual lips and a body made to worship, he’s exquisite. A work of art.

While I’m young, innocent, and completely out of my depth.

But I’m drawn to him. Captivated by his approach. When he asks for one night, I have only one word for him.

Yes.

One summer in Paris. One night with him. One cruel night.

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Review: ‘Taken by a Dragon’ by Felicity Heaton

Review: ‘Taken by a Dragon’ by Felicity Heaton

Taken by a Dragon

by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates Romance Series #7
Published by Self-Published on March 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 200
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

Possessed by a need to save a beautiful Amazon warrior from the vision he witnessed, Loke snatched her from the midst of the battle between the Third and Fifth realm of the demons, and carried her to his home deep in the black mountains of Hell to protect her. But as the fierce little female awakens, he finds she’s anything but grateful, and his dragon instincts roar to life to warn she might be more to him than an enemy—she might be his fated female.
Anais remembers meeting a handsome warrior in the heat of battle, a man who was her enemy but who looked at her with eyes that held dark heat and wicked promises. When she wakes to find that same dragon shifter has taken her captive, desire is the last thing on her mind, but escaping him to return to Archangel, the hunter organisation she works for, sounds less than appealing when he reveals the reason he took her—to stop her from dying.
Can Loke protect Anais from the dangers of his realm and how far will he go to save her from the future he keeps witnessing? Can Anais resist the fierce attraction that burns between them as hot as fire and stay true to Archangel or will her heart be taken by the dragon?

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Review: ‘Order of Protection’ by Lexi Blake

Review: ‘Order of Protection’ by Lexi Blake

Order of Protection

by Lexi Blake
Series: Courting Justice #1
Published by Berkley on June 5, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

A sexy and suspenseful new contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Lexi Blake where love and law entwine for a conviction of the heart.
To high-end defense attorney Henry Garrison, Win Hughes is a woman he met during one of the most trying times of his life. She's soft and warm, and he finds solace in their brief relationship. But Win has a secret. She's actually Taylor Winston-Hughes—born to one of the wealthiest families in the country, orphaned as a child by a tragic accident. Win moves in the wealthiest circles, but her lavish lifestyle hides her pain.
When her best friend is murdered in the midst of a glittering New York gala, Win's charged with the crime, and the only person in the world she wants to see is Henry.
Henry is shocked at the true identity of his lover, but he can't reject the case. This trial could take his new firm into the stratosphere. Still, he's not getting burned by Win again. And yet every turn brings them closer together.
As the case takes a wild turn and Win's entire life is upended, she must look to the people she's closest to in order to find a killer. And Henry must decide between making his case and saving the woman he loves...

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Re-Post Review: ‘Craved by an Alpha’ by Felicity Heaton

Re-Post Review: ‘Craved by an Alpha’ by Felicity Heaton

Craved by an Alpha

by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates Romance Series #5
Published by Felicity Heaton on January 27th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 122
Format: AudioBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

Having turned his back on his snow leopard pride, Cavanaugh has been counting the days until he’s free of a role he never wanted—one that separated him from his fated female and stands between him and the future he craves with her.
Just days from the night he will finally be free to be with the low-ranking beauty who stole his heart, she walks back into his life and threatens to destroy everything he’s worked towards in the five long years they’ve been apart.
Eloise has traveled across continents searching for the male who was once her best friend and so much more to her, but was now her pride’s true alpha. Desperate to fulfil a promise to her kin to save them from the tyrant he left in charge, she convinces Cavanaugh to return to his pride, but as they journey to Bhutan, doubts bloom and old feelings resurface, tearing her between duty and her deepest desires and impossible dreams.
Will Eloise be able to resist the burning need that Cavanaugh reignites in her and remember her place in the pride? And can Cavanaugh find a way to save his kin and claim the future he craves with the woman he loves?

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Review: ‘Dirty Rich Obsession’ by Lisa Renee Jones

Review: ‘Dirty Rich Obsession’ by Lisa Renee Jones

Dirty Rich Obsession

by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Dirty Rich #3
Published by Julie Patra Publishing on August 22, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Pages: 387
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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four-half-stars

A MAN OF CONTROL. A WOMAN WHO'S ABOUT TO TAKE IT.
Reid Maxwell is one of the top corporate attorneys and one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. He likes his wins big, his women beautiful and in bed, not out, and most importantly the deep burn of his past buried. Until one woman, a most unexpected woman, challenges him in ways that might just destroy the invincible Mr. Maxwell.
Carrie West is captive to Reid Maxwell and a debt between their families she doesn't know exists. It should be so simple for Reid Maxwell. Claim the company that is now his. The problem: he's now obsessed with Carrie, the daughter of the man he's destined to destroy.
Now who's captive to who?

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Re-Post Review: ‘Hunted by a Jaguar’ by Felicity Heaton

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

Re-Post Review: ‘Hunted by a Jaguar’ by Felicity Heaton

Hunted by a Jaguar

by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates Romance Series #4
Published by Self-Published on January 6th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eArc
Source: Author
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four-half-stars

New York Times and USA Today Best-Selling Paranormal Romance Author Felicity Heaton presents:
Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates Paranormal Romance Series Book 4) A jaguar shifter with a dark secret, Kyter has spent his entire life running from his demons. When a tragedy takes him back to his pride’s village, he is set on a path of vengeance that will see him collide with the terrible ghosts of his past and a beautiful vision of his future.
Iolanthe deals in finding artefacts for discerning clients, but this time her client is one of the deadliest men in Hell and her mission has the highest stakes imaginable. Failure is not an option when your life is on the line, but things take a dangerous turn when she crosses paths with a handsome and mysterious male on the hunt for the same artefact—a male who declares she is his eternal mate.
Can Iolanthe resist Kyter’s wicked allure and find the artefact before he does? Can Kyter face his demons and win the heart of his fated female? Or will this deadly game of cat and mouse claim both of their lives?
Paranormal Romance Books in the Eternal Mates Series Book 1: Kissed by a Dark Prince Book 2: Claimed by a Demon King Book 3: Tempted by a Rogue Prince Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar Book 5: Craved by an Alpha (coming January 27 2015) Book 6: Bitten by a Hellcat (coming February 17 2015) Book 7: Taken by a Dragon (coming March 10 2015)

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Re-Post Review: ‘Tempted by a Rogue Prince’ by Felicity Heaton

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

Re-Post Review: ‘Tempted by a Rogue Prince’ by Felicity Heaton

Tempted by a Rogue Prince

by Felicity Heaton
Series: Eternal Mates Romance Series #3
Published by Self-Published on August 9, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: eArc, AudioBook
Source: Author
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Goodreads
four-half-stars

An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.
Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.
Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.
Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

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