Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels (Return To Me #1)

Say You'll Stay by Corinne MichaelsAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Liz

One word.

Stay.

It was all he had to do. Instead, he got on that bus and took my heart with him.

That was seventeen years ago.

I moved on. Marriage. Kids. White picket fence. Everything I ever wanted, but my husband betrayed me and I was left once again.

Alone, penniless, and with two boys, I had no choice but to return to Tennessee. He wasn’t supposed to be there. I should’ve been safe. However, fate has a way of stepping in.

This time around, the tables are turned. It’s my decision. Second chances do exist, but I don’t know if we can repair what’s already been broken . . .

** This book is a STANDALONE **

So one day I hear Corinne Michaels is releasing a new standalone book soon. I love her books and her characters and was beyond excited to get my hands on this book. We get the blurb next and again, I am all in and ready to dive right in. When I do, I find my heart may just not be able to take it. The emotional rollercoaster is non-stop, even as the need to continue and not stop reading until every word is devoured drove me to the very end. This is the kind of emotion Corinne’s writing evoked in this book. This is her best work to-date and a must read.

This is a second chance love story, but it is also so much more. I do not even know where to begin. It was emotional, it was heartbreaking, it was everything. I cannot stress how much you need to read this now. This was such an emotional read that you will EXPERIENCE EVERY MOMENT OF IT. Every moment.

Presley and Zach will steal your hearts, even as they break it and try your patience to the very last. Even as I wanted to curse and throw my eReader across the room I loved them.

Each other’s first love, Presley and Zach fell in love, with all the fierceness and commitment that comes with young love. They believed it was the forever kind. But as it sometimes happens, they end up going down different paths, making choices and moving on.

Years later Presley is broken-hearted and starting over. She finds herself heading back to the town she escaped from to try and start over. The last place on earth she wants to be. But when her world is turned upside down, she has no choice.

I connected so much with Presley. Everything she believed in and thought she knew is shattered in ways she never thought off or imagined. But her children came first and she needed to do right by them. She found the strength she needed and moved forward, as painstakingly as it was. I broke for her. I cheered for her.

Zach. What can you say about Zach? They both made their choices and for reasons of their own. He lives with his own regrets and loss. But when she returns, he is determined to be there. I have so much to say about him, but I also feel this story should be experienced. I do not want to give too much away. But I will say he will steal your heart.

The story, the characters, the emotions will grip you from the start. As mentioned above, this is, in my opinion, Corrine’s best work to date, hands down. You feel Corinne’s soul, blood and tears in every word. I do not think I can do this book justice, but will say it needs to be read. Even through the angst, second chances, love lost and found, hurt, pain and forgiveness.

Days later and I still found myself thinking of these characters. They have stayed with me. This is that kind of book. Easily one of my top reads of 2016.

Though this is the first in a new series, each book will be a standalone.

I give Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michael 5+ you-must-read-this-now stars!

Love Entwined by M.C. Decker

 

 

Title: Love Entwined

Author: M.C. Decker

Genre: Contemporary Romance

  Release Date: June 22, 2016

Blurb

 

Are second chances possible in a world plagued with devastating loss, difficult obstacles and everyday commitments?

Having a very genuine understanding of death and grief, Ireland O’Brien has been able to put aside her anger and move forward with a career of helping orphaned children – making their lives better, even though she’s kept her own pain deeply buried within her heart.

Architectural engineer J. Bentley Roberts has also experienced his fair share of heartache. Nearly two decades ago, he suffered the loss of his role model and high school sweetheart in the same tragic accident. And, more recently, Bentley said goodbye to his marriage – leaving him to not only dust himself off, but also to help pick up his teenage son in the unsettling process.

As both of their best friends get ready to say their “I dos,” Ireland and Bentley find themselves together again after twenty years apart.

Will they be able to fight their past demons to finally find the love that’s always entwined them?

REVIEW FROM LIZ

Love Entwined by M.C. Decker was my first book by this author. This is a story about second chances after so much pain and loss and overcoming hurdles thrown in their path.

But first, that prologue! That prologue grabbed me immediately. Talk about diving right in!

Years ago Ireland and Bentley (Jamie) had grown up together the best of friends that eventually transitioned to young love. Then a terrible accident changed the course of their lives and each went down very different paths.

But sometimes love just finds a way.

Almost two decades later, Ireland and Bentley meet again as their best friends say their “I dos”. After so much time apart, it is as if no time has passed. They quickly reconnect and move forward.

This story is told in two parts, three really, the prologue, before and after. Once the author throws you that curveball at the start, we go back and see how Ireland and Betley reconnected. I must admit I found this part to be a little rushed, even with their history, but Bentley’s swoon-factor helped to make up for that. He was so sweet and loving. He understood the fears that drove Ireland and did all he could to reassure her.

The beginning of the after just about killed me. Where the beginning was a fast paced, this felt so heartbreaking. I understood the choices each made, but it was so hard to see them go through it. Though I believe what happened helped each character grow, it was at such a big cost.

Ireland had so much loss at such an early age, she found it so much easier to not commit. Her motto was to always be the first to walk away and to never commit. She was afraid to live life, afraid to lose anything she cared about. Though some would consider this a weakness, I saw this more as a way to protect her heart. Though she was cautious about opening up, it was sweet how Bentley reassured her and showed her he cared. Then life throws her a twist that may just finally break her. How much is she willing to risk?

I loved Bentley in the before. He was sweet, romantic and so swoon-worthy. He knew what he wanted and went after it. I found him charming and sweet. Then after the twist, I can understand his decisions, it was still heartbreaking. Then once things change for him, he is hit with unexpected news he does not know how to handle. Can he leave the past behind and trust again?

I also loved Katie, Ireland’s best friend. Their friendship was an unbreakable bond, but at times, their interactions had me in stiches.

This was a great, quick read with just a touch of angst. I would definitely check out other work by this author.

I give Love Entwined by M.C. Decker 3.5 stars

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Author Bio

 

M.C. Decker is the author of the Unspoken Series, which includes Unwritten and Unscripted, and the upcoming standalone novel Love Entwined. She lives in a suburb of Flint, Michigan with her husband, Brian, and spoiled-rotten Siamese cat, Simon. For the last decade, she has worked as a journalist for several community newspapers in Mid-Michigan and Michigan’s Thumb region. She enjoys all things ’80s and ’90s pop culture: movies, boy bands, music and especially the color, hot pink. She also strictly lives by the motto, “Life is better in flip flops,” and is a diehard Detroit Tigers fan.

 

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Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall (A Highland Fairy Tale #1)

Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia CornwallAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Historical Romance

Publisher: Swerve

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Pam

Powerful and dangerous highlander Dair Sinclair was once the favored son of his clan, The Sinclairs of Carraig Brigh. With Dair at the helm, Sinclair ships circled the globe bringing home incredible fortune. Until one deadly mission when Dair is captured, tortured and is unable to save his young cousin. He returns home breaking under the weight of his guilt and becomes known as the Madman of Carraig Brigh.

When a pagan healer predicts that only a virgin bride can heal his son’s body and mind, Dair’s father sets off to find the perfect wife for his son. At the castle of the fearsome McLeods, he meets lovely and kind Fia MacLeod. Although Dair does his best to frighten Fia, she sees the man underneath the damage and uses her charm and special gifts to heal his mind and heart. Will Dair let Fia love him or is he cursed with madness forever?

One of my favorite fairy tales is Beauty and the Beast, I love how the beast is tamed and falls in love when he feels no one can love him, this book is a take on that tale and I enjoyed how the author created an interesting adventure with romance and danger.

Dair Sinclair came back from the sea a broken man; he was captured and tortured along with his cousin, whom he could not save. He has nightmares, wounds that will not heal and many feel he is not fit to take over for his father one day. A prophecy from an old woman brings Fia to his clan, a virgin who can help him heal.

Fia has a way with animals and people so when Dair’s father asks her for help she is happy to go and brings her sister along to help. She has been sheltered for most of her life because of an injury

that has caused her to limp and created scars to her face but she is willing to try. When she gets to Carriag Brigh she encounters a surly man who is fraught with guilt and grief because he could not save his cousin, Jeannie. With her quiet ways and she brings harmony to the clan, but superstitions with whispers of witchcraft and the devil have people turning on Fia putting her in danger. When tragedy strikes and Dair finds himself as the new leader, the two must work to bring the clan back together as a family.

I enjoyed this story, a beast who not only feels guilty to be alive but who also does not believe in himself and doubts his ability to lead the clan and a flawed beauty that brings calmness to the people.

Fia is very likeable, she believes she will never marry but as part of a large family of daughters jumps at the chance to leave her home to help others. She does not know much about healing but believes she can learn and has no idea what she is getting herself into.

Dair is in a dark place, he barely functions on a daily basis with many believing he has gone mad. His father will do anything to bring him back so when he hears of the prophecy, he brings Fia and her sister to his home. Dair does not want anything to do with Fia but when she calms him during a nightmare he can’t stop thinking about her. His father pushes Fia’s sister toward Dair for marriage but Dair finds his eyes following only Fia.

I like the two together; they are both damaged emotionally and physically and begin to heal together and their growing romance is charming. However tragedy strikes around the same time witchcraft rumors surface and they fight against prejudice as they try to find out who is behind the betrayal. The pace was a little slow as the clan goes through several changes both good and bad and I had some issues with the fact that Dair was healthier than I thought he should be, his injuries seemed much worse when they were described earlier. Amongst the dark parts of the story are several light hearted ones, Fia owns a cat named Beelzebub who is as beastly as they come, but it had me laughing as the men in the clan try to gain his friendship. I liked several of the secondary characters that added to the storyline including Fia’s sister Meggie and wonder if we will see more of her in the future. This is an entertaining story and fans of historical romance featuring sexy flawed highlanders will enjoy this beauty and the beast tale.

I give Beauty and the Highland Beast by Lecia Cornwall 4 stars!

Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige (First and Last #2)

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Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige

Series: First and Last #2

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Romantic Suspense/ Contemporary Romance

 

“Visceral, enticing, shining with white lies and dark truths, seductive twists and turns, and a love that takes your breath away.” – Katy Evans, New York Times bestselling author

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Synopsis:

A GAME OF CAT AND MOUSE FILLED WITH DARK DESIRES AND DANGEROUS SECRETS…

Emily Wayborn has made a decision.

She might not fully trust handsome and deadly Reeve Sallis, but he is the one person that gives her what she needs. With Reeve she can finally be herself. Submitting to him is the only thing keeping her grounded as the rest of her life falls apart. But the hotelier is a master at keeping secrets and as she continues her quest for answers someone is making sure she doesn’t find them.

Time is running out and she is questioning everything she thought she knew about friendship and love. She must now make an impossible choice that will determine if she will survive with her heart…or at all.

 

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Reeve smirked—he loved it when I begged—but he didn’t take me where I wanted to go. Instead, with his fingers pinching my chin, he twisted my face so that my cheek pressed against the glass.

“Look,” he said in reverence.

The mirror ran the whole wall behind me then wrapped around the vanity so, facing this direction, I could see our reflections in the glass, half eclipsed by steam from the shower. He let go of me long enough to wipe the fog then resumed his grip on my jaw. I stared, transfixed by the sight of his cock driving into me over and over.

With my focus where he wanted it, Reeve rearranged my legs, bringing one foot up to brace on the counter and propping the other in the sink. Now I was angled so that my cunt could better be seen in the mirror. It was naughty and erotic and I couldn’t stop staring.

“Look at that,” he said again, his fingers jabbing into my skin. “The way you let me use you is so beautiful.”

Beautiful. It was beautiful. The way he had me spread out awkwardly across the bathroom sink, naked while he was still clothed—it was vile and wicked and oh, so beautiful.

“I can’t control myself when I’m inside you.” His voice was ragged and threadbare. “I want to tear you apart. I want to rip you to shreds.” He moved both of his hands to grasp my thighs, tilting my pelvis so that his thrusts hit even deeper. “I want to destroy you. Want to fuck you to pieces. Want to shatter you. Want to break you.”

His awful, wonderful words set a storm to gather low inside me, and I could tell that this time it wouldn’t back down. I shifted my hands from the counter to his forearms to brace myself for its attack. The movement drew his attention from the mirror to my face.

“Want to break you,” he repeated, his words more of a rumble than actual speech.

“You do,” I said, peering up under heavy lids, my voice a mere rasp. “You do break me. Every time.”

Reeve’s eyes sparked in awe, then the muscles in his neck grew taut and his rhythm stuttered. With a low growl, he froze and spilled into me, his fingers digging so deep into my skin I was sure they’d leave bruises on my thighs.

It was so hot, how he defiled and wrecked me. So hot how he loved to see me devastated. So hot that I joined him in his release. My mouth fell open and my climax took over, coarsely racking through my body. Even with the mirror supporting my back, I was freefalling, spinning with pleasure. Only a thin layer of sweat and steam covered my body, but it felt like I’d been pulled underwater into a whirlpool of bliss.

Reeve put himself away, then watched me as I finished, as if completely enamored with my orgasm. As if completely enamored with me.

It was somewhat disconcerting to feel his eyes so heavy on me. He’d seen me come so many times before, but I’d never noticed him so intent. I lowered my gaze, but he lifted my chin, forcing me to meet his stare head-on.

With a gentle touch, he swept a lock of sweat-drenched hair from my forehead. “Every time?”

He’d been tender with me in the past, but it wasn’t his usual M.O., and it startled me. Moved me as I realized it came from a place of concern.

“Yes,” I answered honestly, because he did break me, every time that he stuck his cock inside me, every time that he made me climax, every time that he touched me. Outside of the moment, when the sex was over and we were people instead of sex-driven beasts, it sounded horrible. Who would want to be broken by her lover? Who would want to be destroyed?

I do. I always did. I longed for it and needed it. I needed him.

I caught his hand and pressed the back of it to my cheek. “It’s the only reason I ever want to be someone who’s put together. So that you can break me all over again.”

REVIEW FROM LIZ

In the conclusion of Laurelin Paige’s First and Last series, book 2, she leads us down a road paved with dark secrets, danger, lust, love, friendship and jealousy. Emily Wayborn may have started down this path in search of her friend to help her, but now she is fighting for her life and her future. Who can she trust?

And now Amber is back. She is alive, barely, but alive. Emily is happy and destroyed. She loves Amber. She loves Reeve. Reeve once loved Amber and now Amber is back and fighting for what she wants. And she wants Reeve. Who does Reeve really want? And in the end, can Emily compare to Amber?

This story is so angst-ridden, I thought my heart was going to burst right out of me. In First Touch Emily finally came to accept who and what she was and wanted. Realizing with the right man she could be loved and fulfilled and safe. But Reeve’s secrets and past haunt her and make her question him and herself at every turn. And at every turn there is danger and secrets that keep Emily just out of reach of what she wants more than anything.

And then there is Amber. Amber who had been her closest friend, ally and like a sister to her. Her whole life had been based around what Amber “did” for her and how she walked away from her. The life she built after Amber was because of Amber. Did she not owe Amber her happiness? Her safety? No matter the cost?

With little choices and danger at every turn, Amber, Reeve and Emily find themselves trying to find a new normal, while Reeve swears to protect them at all costs.

I struggled with Emily. I wanted her to find her happily-ever-after, but her insecurities and feelings of inadequacies held her wants, her needs, her desires at bay. She had it all at the tip of her hand, but her sense of duty did not allow her to take it. Instead she found herself questioning everything and though I completely understood where she was coming from, I just wanted to scream at her and tell her to grab it and never, ever let go.

But I did like her. Even as she drove me crazy, even as she submitted and pushed and pulled at her own desires. Because even when she wanted to submit, she also wanted to fight, to scream, and to find herself. Though she would never admit to herself, in her own way she was strong and determined.

Reeve Sallis. What can I say about Reeve Sallis? He was a man like no other. Strong, determined, controlling, dangerous, and scary. Yet, he was also so much more. Throughout the story we get glimpses of the man beneath the hard shell. Enough to let us see him as a man with his own wants and needs and a desire to be loved and taken as is. To be truly understood and accepted. Even as you doubted some of his actions, his motives were always out of love, protectiveness and yes, all about control. The man exuded power, strength and control.

As the story progresses we once again see more of Amber and Emily’s history. We understand Emily’s decision to be there for Amber and to truly understand why she makes some of the decisions she does, even when we want to scream and throw our hands up in resignation!

I loved this story, loved how fast paced and detailed it was. The suspense, secrets, twists and turns grabs the reader and never lets you go. I am a huge fan of Laurelin Paige, and stories like this are the reason why. This series is a must read!

I give Last Kiss by Laurelin Paige 5+ amazing stars!

 

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NY Times & USA Today Bestselling author Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Michael Fassbender.

 

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Flight From Mayhem by Yasmine Galenorn (Fly By Night #2)

Flight From Mayhem by Yasmine GalenornAvailable: August 2 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for gorgeous, exasperating Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

A serial killer is stalking the elderly Fae of Seattle, draining their bank accounts before brutally murdering them. When Chase Johnson asks for our help, Alex and I discover that the sociopath is also a doppelganger—able to change shape to match his victim’s deepest desires. Our friend and colleague Bette volunteers to act as bait, but the plan goes dangerously awry. Now, unless we find her first, she’s about to face her worst nightmare.

I love when the second book in a series is just as good as the first book, and that is definitely the case with Flight From Mayhem! First off, I just love the dragon aspect that Shimmer has going on. Even though she is unable to shift unless in the water due to her powers being binded a bit, I still enjoyed how Galenorn plays up her abilities as much as possible. Having been an outcast as a child due to not having any traceable lineage, an important aspect in the dragon realm, Shimmer was a loner. Now, stuck in the human realm, she’s having to deal with emotions she doesn’t know how to process. Being a friend, a pseudo sister, a worker and a girlfriend is a lot to throw at someone who hasn’t had much interaction over her lifetime. Even if she’s a bit slow in understanding the unspoken rules, she does eventually catch on to the nuances of those around her. She’s smart and takes a step back when needed but is right there in a minute if someone she is growing to love is threatened in any way.

I adore Alex and Shimmer together. Not only are they hot together but the care Alex takes with her, so as not to rush her into something she doesn’t know how to deal with is so cute. He’s slightly old school in the dating regimen because of his age (hello, vampire) but that doesn’t mean he’s not up for some office sex either. Being more of a urban fantasy, the sexy times are few and far between but the smoldering glances Galenorn is sure to include make the waiting much less difficult. Alex also seems to have a bit of a hero complex, as is the case with his long time friend/secretary and his ex. I’m really hoping his eyes are truly open to what a horrible person his succubus ex is and Shimmer doesn’t find herself having to justify her hatred of the crazy bitch anymore in the next book. Because for real, what does she need to do in order for Alex to finally see who she really is? Stake him? Let’s hope not.

There is a lot going on in this book. A giant, other realm lizard on the loose, a crazy ex-girlfriend bent on causing as much drama as possible, a stalker locked on a good friend, a serial killer praying on elderly Fae and a vengeful spirit in the house across the street with a sorrowful tale to tell. So when I say this book is nonstop from front to back, you’ll know it’s the truth. With so much going on there is also a ton of useful information divulged and some secrets uncovered. Some things that will become more apparent in future books I’m sure. Because there was so much happening, the characters spend a lot of time working outside the general office they share. Their interactions become more important as Shimmer because more accustomed to dealing with emotion and friendship.

The only thing that left me slightly disappointed was the lead up to a show down with the vengeful spirit across the street from Shimmer’s house. The whole crew put some much into finding out info, there had been a few nasty run ins already, but when everything is finally brought to light and they confront the entities of the house…well, one spell later and bam it’s over. I guess I was expecting more on that front. However it may pave the way for a new neighbor to join Shimmer permanently, so I guess in the end it did what it needed to do, move the series along.

Great continued world building, excellent character development and enough secrets to keep the series going for a long time, Flight From Mayhem will keep even the most picky reader invested!

I give Flight From Mayhem by Yasmine Galenorn 4.75 stars! 

Tapped by Cora Cade (Love On The Rocks #1)

Tapped by Cora CadeAvailable: June 17, 2016 Amazon

Type: Contemporary Romance – Novelette

Publisher: Self Pub

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Nikki

One night is all she wanted.

Georgia Burke is on a mission to find a sexy one night stand. After she catches her cheating ex with her friend, in Georgia’s apartment no less, she visits her brother in his sleepy lakeside town to regroup. Her first night at Fox Lake and she finds the Drunken Duck pub and puts her plan into motion. Almost.

Will Calder is looking for the real deal. He’s done with the short-term flings and wants to find a woman ready for everything he has to offer. Will’s determined to show Georgia more than just a single night of debauchery and he’ll do everything in his power to keep her close.

Georgia’s going to find Will’s idea of the perfect woman isn’t what she expected. She’ll have to face her own insecurities to land the sexy contractor or settle for the vacation fling she anticipated.

What an incredibly awesome novelette (roughly 53 pages) that will get you hooked into the world Cora Cade is stealthily building. Tapped is an offshoot of Cade’s A Day Of Pleasure series and I must say, her writing just gets better and better. What I loved most about this short book was the ability Cade had to not only give us an entire world, but create characters that were well rounded, real and incredibly entertaining.

Georgia is the type of heroine I adore. Ballsy but sweet. She’s the type of woman who has self confidence in spades. This aspect is even better because she’s not your typical romance book heroine. She’s a size 16, not going to take anything from anyone, woman. It’s such a breath of fresh air to find a genuinely well wrote, incredible heroine who doesn’t fit in the industry mold. I loved her wit and just wished I could have had more of it. She constantly had me chuckling at her quick tongue, especially when put into situations with Will’s ex, or his *gulp* mother, after only having just met the man.

As a hero, Will is what dreams are made of. He was sheer perfection wrapped up in a smoking hot package. Who wouldn’t want a guy who could be sweet and endearing one minute and then pulling your hair and pounding into you the next moment? The sex scenes were very well done, believable and enough to set my kindle on fire. Will knew from the moment they met that Georgia was special, a keeper. I enjoyed watching him convince her to give their connection a chance.

The cast of supporting characters are lush and well fleshed out. While many of them are from Cade’s previous series, new readers will have no issues getting into the groove and latching on to them as I’ve done from the start. The sense of camaraderie and protection within the tight group of friends is deeply felt and I enjoyed the glimpse into their lives again, even if only in small amounts through Georgia’s eyes. I can’t wait to see where the series goes because I definitely need a few of these characters to get their own book, The single father sheriff? Yes. Will’s geeky brother? YES.

These 50 some pages felt like an entire book in the most wonderful way. Cade fits in so much in those pages that even with the length you feel like you’re part of the town, part of that family. I cannot wait to get more from this world and from this author! Entertaining, sexy and full of heart, Tapped is definitely a winner!

I give Tapped by Cora Cade 5 stars!

Quake by Jacob Chance

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Available: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Self

My copy: Sent 

Reviewer: Liz

From the first moment I saw Janny Moore’s sparkling eyes and luminous smile, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of getting to know her…watching.

She’s everything I need in my life, now I just have to convince her.

She’s never set eyes on me, she has no idea I exist…but she will.

I love stumbling on new authors with great stories to tell. Jacob Chance is such an author for me. Quake is his debut novel and what a debut it is. It is filled with angst, suspense, and hot steamy scenes! Definitely a book you can’t put down once you start.

In Quake we get an original story told in dual point of views. Two people destined to be to be together, but who met in an unconventional way, at least for one of them.

Kyle McKenzie is a former cop, now a private investigator. Maybe not what he thought would become of his life, but where he now finds himself. In the course of his job, he finds himself investigating a husband for a new client. During the course of the investigation, he finds himself watching Janny Moore, without her knowledge. In her he sees possibilities.

Kyle is a strong, alpha male that seems to have lost his way. A tragedy changed the course of his life and now he finds himself just going through the motions. But though he is strong and determined, there is also a side to him that calls to you and draws you in.

Janny is young, beautiful and strong. She is finishing school and making plans. It is very easy to like her and feel like she can be your friend. She was not looking for love, but then she met Kyle she saw possibilities.

But secrets will come between them and they will need to figure out if they have what it takes to make it through the long haul. Do they have what it takes?

I loved how I found this story unique and enthralling with two strong and determined characters, but who had flaws that made them very relatable and likable. The story flowed nicely and though both seemed to be instantly attracted to each other, took the time to get to know each other as they moved forward. Add in the suspense and angst, and you get one hot story you cannot put down.

And that ending. That ending just about killed me. It was totally unexpected. I would easily recommend this book and look forward to reading more from Jacob Chance.

I give Quake by Jacob Chance 4 stars.

Excerpt:

If you’d asked me when I was in college what I thought I would be doing in ten years’ time, this wouldn’t have been my answer. Life as a private investigator isn’t as exciting as one might think. Sure, there are moments of danger which get my adrenaline pumping and when that happens, no other high can compare. I used to live for that feeling and for a while you could even say I was addicted to it. But the choices we make have consequences and one decision can change everything.

These days I do a lot of watching and even more waiting. I’m the guy people pay to find the truth buried under all the lies. Eventually, I see past the surface of who you’re pretending to be, revealing all that you’ve kept hidden and I know firsthand appearances can be deceiving.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jacob Chance grew up in the Northeast and still makes his home there. He’s always been a fan of books, especially thrillers.

Quake, an erotic romance is Jacob’s debut novel. He also has plans to release a co-authored book with his brother, author Logan Chance, in September.

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Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh (Psy-Changeling #15)

Allegiance of Honor by Nalini SinghAvailable: Now Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Berkley

My Copy: Sent

Reviewer: Pam

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling. To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

I loved this one; we experience the conclusion of one story arc and the beginning of another. The change is smooth as the new story builds on the fall of Silence and what will be in the future. We were treated to visiting all previous characters that we have grown to love and then meeting some new ones that I hope will be part of new stories.

It is a time for celebration on many levels. Pupcubs are on their way as Mercy and Riley are ready to become parents. Several groups are celebrating the fall of Silence including most changelings, Psy and the Forgotten however there is a growing group of people that are fighting the change, they feel that the groups should stay separate and that Silence should still be the way of life for Psy. There is trouble brewing and those that are happy with the new life are bracing for a fight.

The focus of the story centers on the Changelings and how their lives are altering. The SnowDancers pack and the DarkRiver pack are intermingled, they still have their own Alphas but many of the pack members have intermarried and so they work together to form a strong foundation. It is fun to see everyone again and watch the next generation thrive, I love Sascha and Lucas’ little girl, Naya who is seen as a symbol of hope. There is some drama with a BlackSea changeling who is missing and the packs work together with the water changelings, trying desperately to find her before it is too late. I enjoyed getting to know a little about new characters and new mysterious packs that hopefully we will see in the future.

This is definitely a transition book, moving us from a completed story arc to new ones and I am excited to see what happens. There is not a lot of action but there is some suspense as several plots are being developed, so the pace is slower, however it does not take away from the story. This is the 15th book in the series and it could be a good starting point for anyone that has not read her past books, she recaps past relationships and catches everyone up as she starts a new storyline. However I highly recommend this series, each story is amazing and Ms. Singh writes such engaging characters and interesting plots that you can’t go wrong. Truly a great addition to the series and I can’t wait for more.

I give Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh 4 stars!

Hottest Mess by J. Kenner (S.I.N. #2)

Hottest Mess by J. KennerAvailable: July 12, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Bantam 

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

No one can know about our love—and hiding only makes it hotter.

Dallas Sykes has a reputation. He is known for his parties, his money, and the countless women on his arm. Yet the Dallas I know is a different man—darker, smarter, and unbearably sexy. Just one look from him can leave me breathless; the anticipation of his touch can make me lose control.

Inextricably bound by our past, we keep each other’s secrets. And while there are people who have the power to hurt us, it’s the truth that threatens us most of all.

Dallas can be mine only behind closed doors, our passion as searing as it is forbidden. Yet nothing in this world has ever felt so desperately, deliciously right.

Dirtiest Secret was my most taboo read so far this year and I loved every second of it. Hottest Mess kept the kinky romance between Dallas and Jane going full force and delves even further into the dark and twisted needs that each harbor as a result of their traumatic past.

While technically Dallas and Jane are siblings, it’s in name only and so I got the need to keep their connection private but I never fully thought of them as brother and sister, so I wasn’t as shocked and I wasn’t sure everyone else would be either. But, I understood. The thrill of being caught each time they had sex right under some unsuspecting party goer or movie watchers nose definitely heightened those scenes, bringing them to new levels each time.

Jane spends a great deal of time pushing Dallas past his limits in an attempt to get him to acknowledge the effects of their imprisonment years before on his psyche and his sexual needs. She demands that he tell her everything both about what happened to him so many years ago and what he has found out regarding the identities of those behind the kidnapping.

Dallas wants nothing more than to be honest with Jane but the intel he has uncovered suggests the person behind their kidnapping was close to them and he doesn’t want to upset her if he’s wrong. The darkness he feels isn’t something he wants to taint Jane with even as she pleads for him to do just that.

While I found the sex hot I didn’t think it was overly dark. Somewhat dominant and kinky yes, but nothing that left me shocked by the twistedness or anything. Dallas makes great strides throughout the book and Kenner does a fantastic job of showcasing that. Growth in a character as the book, trilogy or series progresses is what keeps me coming back for more and Kenner knows how to take her readers on that journey right along with her characters, I also enjoyed how Jane’s opinion of the covert team Dallas helms changed as she found out more details of his captivity. While I found some of her constant pushing grating, in this aspect she won me over.

Of course, just after some heavy revelations are dropped the book comes to a screeching halt with a dramatic cliffhanger that is sure to bring readers back in droves for the final book in the trilogy. Myself among them. Hottest Mess delivers an erotic story of healing and vengeance years in the making!

I give Hottest Mess by J. Kenner 4 stars!

Waking The Bear by Kerry Adrienne (Broken Chains #1)

Waking The Bear by Kerry AdrienneAvailable: August 1, 2016 Amazon/B&N

Type: Paranormal Romance (Shifter) 

Publisher: Carina Press

My Copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Nikki

Sexy shifter passion is awakened when two unlikely lovers are challenged by secrets, danger and an unstoppable need to claim one’s mate…

For human Amy Francis, the secluded cabin in Deep Creek is the haven she needs to map out a fresh new start. She never expected her heart to be reawakened by a distraction like Griff Martin, commanding yet gentle, too ferociously sensual to ignore. It’s clear that patrolling the forest is more than a job to Griff—it’s a means of survival. But what Amy doesn’t realize is she’s reawakened the beast within him.

Griff’s dormant hunger is stirred by this intoxicating woman…and threatened by the secret she must never learn. Duty-bound to defend his bear clan against an avenging pride of lion shifters, Griff’s entire world is upended when he meets Amy. His animal need to claim his mate has taken hold, but that very desire could seal her fate as an unwitting pawn in battle.

Now, as a shifter war looms, Griff must decide between letting Amy go or following his most carnal instincts. To have her would change his life…but risk everything he knows and was born to protect.

Every so often, I need a good shifter romance. If that shifter romance has a bear shifter in it, well, that’s even better because I have a huge soft spot for them. When I saw this one on NetGalley available for review I knew I had to give it a chance. Plus, I don’t think I’ve read this author before and finding new to me authors is always a win.

Waking The Bear had a lot of positive high points that I enjoyed. Our hero, Griff is a rough and tumble forest Ranger who had made up his mind not to mate while the area was so volatile and an inevitable war with a pride of mountain lions loomed ever closer with each passing day. Determined to take out the threat, he never saw Amy coming until she had parked herself at his rental property and had moved in on his life. Now the mating instinct was strong, for a human no less, and Griff has to figure out a way to protect his bear brothers and the relationship shy woman who has quickly stolen his heart

Needing time away from the city and her normal life, Amy has decided the mountains are just where she needs to be to escape her past. A bad relationship and bad job, she needs time to think about her next step in life and painting gorgeous landscape for the next two months is just what she needs. Her landlord is definitely a sight, but the last thing she needs is another overprotective guy in her life.

So, like I mentioned earlier, Waking The Bear had a lot of high points. I loved Griff and Amy together, even if she had no idea who he really was for 3/4 of the book. They complimented each other well and the heat between the was steady and mounted with each encounter. Griff went out of his way to prove how unlike Amy’s ex he was while still being there for her each time danger tried to strike. He was strong, alpha and a force to be reckoned with where his enemies were concerned.

However, there were some things that gave me pause….

Amy is stubborn to a fault. Even having been told a bunch of times to stay out of the forest trails because they were dangerous, she sets out several times on her own, and gets herself into trouble. The first time I understood, I get it, you want to prove to yourself that you’re fine. That you know the dangers. That you’re independent. I’m a woman, hear me roar and all that. But the minute I run into mountain lions on a trail? I’m OUT. See ya, won’t be going back in the woods anytime soon. Not Amy, oh no. AND she gets herself into trouble at the local bar too. It’s a damn good thing Griff was keeping an eye on her, because she’d have been dead before the half way mark of this book if he hadn’t.

Griff cries. I’m not all about that either. He never quite got over his families death when he was a kid. I understand that too. I’m not heartless. But….no tears please. Not in a book anyway. I want my men mean.

There isn’t a lot of information on this group of bears. I would have preferred some more time with their leader and the other men who make up the group. I wanted to know more about them. I wanted to hang with them. I didn’t feel like I got that as much as I would have liked. I felt like I knew the mountain lions better than I did the bears, the heroes.

Sticking to the bear nature, Griff sleeps a lot during the winter. I both liked that it seemed more “real” but at the same time I wondered how that would really work. So Griff sleeps pretty much all winter? That’ll be fin for Amy at Christmas. Or when she needs to go get groceries and there is 3 feet of snow in their region with it being in the mountain and she can’t get out of the driveway. Sure, Griff will wake up for short periods, but even in the book with it being spring there is a huge emphasis on how tired he is.

Overall I just liked the book but I will definitely be back to check out book two in the hopes that my reservations disappear as the series progresses.

I give Waking The Bear by Kerry Adrienne 3 stars

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