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Review: His To Protect by Carly Philips

His To Protect

Carly Philips

Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Collection

Bodyguard Bad Boys Series, Book 2.5

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 125 pages
 
Expected publication: April 10th 2018 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

Talia Shaw has spent her adult life working as a scientist for a big pharmaceutical company. She’s focused on saving lives, not living life. When her lab is broken into and it’s clear someone is after the top secret formula she’s working on, she turns to the one man she can trust. The same irresistible man she turned away years earlier because she was too young and naive to believe a sexy guy like Shane Landon could want her.

Shane Landon’s bodyguard work for McKay-Taggart is the one thing that brings him satisfaction in his life. Relationships come in second to the job. Always. Then little brainiac Talia Shaw shows up in his backyard, frightened and on the run, and his world is turned upside down. And not just because she’s found him naked in his outdoor shower, either.

With Talia’s life in danger, Shane has to get her out of town and to her eccentric, hermit mentor who has the final piece of the formula she’s been working on, while keeping her safe from the men who are after her. Guarding Talia’s body certainly isn’t any hardship, but he never expects to fall hard and fast for his best friend’s little sister and the only woman who’s ever really gotten under his skin.

 

 

 

4.5 Stars

 

Carly Phillips’ His To Protect starts my reading of the Masters and Mercenaries crossover series with a bang. I really enjoy this quick read. Deception, suspense and a lot of super hot moments.

 

Talia and Shane made it memorable read from the moment they meet again. I will look at outdoor showers differently now. Lol. Their chemistry is natural and intense. The reader can easily feel the connection that Shane and Talia have coming off the pages.  For a quick read Ms. Philips spares the readers nothing with it comes to His to Protect. We get the heat, the suspense and totally enjoyable story.

 

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

Review: Say You Won’t Let Go by Corinne Michaels

Say You Won’t Let Go

Corinne Michaels

Return to Me Series

Masters and Mercerizes crossover series

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 125 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated

Emily Young had two goals in her life:

1. Make it big in country music.
2. Get the hell out of Bell Buckle.

She was doing it. She was on her way, until Cooper Townsend landed backstage at her show in Dallas.

This gorgeous, rugged, man of few words was one cowboy she couldn’t afford to let distract her. But with his slow smile and rough hands, she just couldn’t keep away.

With outside forces conspiring against them, Cooper hires the McKay-Taggart team to protect her. Emily refuses to let Cooper get hurt because of her. All she wants is to hold onto him, but she knows the right thing to do is to let go . . .

4 Stars

Cooper is the ideal southern gentleman. He’s got the looks, the charm and all those alpha tendencies that we readers love. He caught my eye from the first page and had me swooning in the end.

Emily is a talented singer with big dreams. She’s sweet yet has a bit of sass and feistiness to her. I really like her and was easy to connect with.

Say You Won’t Go was my first read by Corinne Michaels and will not be my last. For a novella Ms. Michaels packs it full with angst, some drama, dropping in some suspense and all the feels. I love Friends to Lovers stories. Cooper and Emily were amazing together. The chemistry and passion, so very hot. My only disappointment was I wish there would have been a little of the Masters and Mercenaries side, but that in no way took from the enjoyment of the story.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

Review: Close Cover by Lexi Blake

Close Cover

Lexi Blake

Masters and Mercerizes Series

Masters and Mercerizes crossover Series

Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 250 pages
Published April 10th 2018 by Evil Eye Concepts, Incorporated
Remy Guidry doesn’t do relationships. He tried the marriage thing once, back in Louisiana, and learned the hard way that all he really needs in life is a cold beer, some good friends, and the occasional hookup. His job as a bodyguard with McKay-Taggart gives him purpose and lovely perks, like access to Sanctum. The last thing he needs in his life is a woman with stars in her eyes and babies in her future.

Lisa Daley’s life is finally going in the right direction. She has finally graduated from college after years of putting herself through school. She’s got a new job at an accounting firm and she’s finished her Sanctum training. Finally on her own and having fun, her life seems pretty perfect. Except she’s lonely and the one man she wants won’t give her a second look.

There is one other little glitch. Apparently, her new firm is really a front for the mob and now they want her dead. Assassins can really ruin a fun girls’ night out. Suddenly strapped to the very same six-foot-five-inch hunk of a bodyguard who makes her heart pound, Lisa can’t decide if this situation is a blessing or a curse.

As the mob closes in, Remy takes his tempting new charge back to the safest place he knows—his home in the bayou. Surrounded by his past, he can’t help wondering if Lisa is his future. To answer that question, he just has to keep her alive.

 

 

 

 

 4.5 Stars

Remy and Lisa gave me a wonderfully unexpected read! Two well writing characters, both equally stubborn and filled with pride. Lisa made the book for me. Life continuously slapped her around and she never gave up. The spirit that lies within this woman is amazing. Lisa held her head high with every obstacle that was put in her path. That is the kind of woman you want you want in your corner. Remy was the unexpected factor of Close Cover for me. If you have followed the Masters and Mercenaries series, we know Remy is not the dating kind. He’s been around the block a time or two. Lol! The dedication this man holds within him is remarkable. There is so much more to Remy than meets the eye. He’s hot, commanding and has more passionate than I would have every believe. Just goes to show you that one should never judge a book by its cover.

Lexi Blake kept me more than entertained with Close Cover. Intense, a plot that keeps you wanting more and so flippin hot. The chemistry between Remy and Lisa is so natural and develop into something extremely passionate. Close Cover is a fantastic addition to the Masters and Mercenaries series and a great start for the crossover Books!

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

Review: Fallen Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan

Fallen Ink

Carrie Ann Ryan

Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs, Book 1

ebook
Expected publication: April 17th 2018

The Montgomery Ink series continues with a spin-off in Colorado Springs, where a familiar Montgomery finds her place in a new tattoo shop, and in the arms of her best friend.

Adrienne Montgomery is finally living her dreams. She’s opened a tattoo shop with her brother, Shep, and two of her cousins from Denver and she’s ready to take the city by storm with her art—as long as she can handle the pressure. When her new neighbors decide her shop isn’t a great fit for the community, however, she’ll have to lean on the one person she didn’t expect to fall for along the way…her best friend.

Mace Knight takes pride in two things: his art and his daughter. He knows he’s taking a risk by starting over in a new shop with the Montgomerys, but the stakes are even higher when he finds himself wanting Adrienne more than he thought possible.

The two fall fast and hard but they know the rules; they can’t risk their friendship, no matter how hot it is between the sheets and how many people try to stand in their way.

 

 

 

4 Stars

Friend to lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes and Carrie Ann Ryan nails it in every way with Fallen Ink.

Adrienne Montgomery is as Montgomery as that get. She has talent and spunky. She’s kind and gentle yet fierce and commanding when she needs to be. A woman trying to make her dreams come true while not allowing letting anything to stand in the way.

Mace Knight is like tattooed knight in shining armor. He’s dedicated to his art and his daughter. Commanding and gentle all in one. He’s a remarkable man who got dealt a crazy hand and is trying to make the best of the cards in his hand.

Adrienne and Mace have a friendship so deep most people question if they are truly friends or more than meets the eye. Their friendship and chemistry is something a lot of people would wish for. While being who they are, Adrienne and Mace discover their friendship is more than they both could have realized. Life has a funny way of throwing curveballs and watching Mace and Adrienne discover who they are together while deal with life changes was enjoyable. Fallen Ink is filled with heat, heart and family. We get all the deep emotions and all the humor of the Montgomery clan. Adrienne and Mace will keep the pages turning.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

Review: More Than Love You by Shayla Black

More Than Love You

Shayla Black

More Than Words Series, Book 3

February 13th 2018 by Shelley Bradley, LLC

I’m Noah Weston. For a decade, I’ve quarterbacked America’s most iconic football team and plowed my way through women. Now I’m transitioning from star player to retired jock—with a cloud of allegation hanging over my head. So I’m escaping to the private ocean-front paradise I bought for peace and quiet. What I get instead is stubborn, snarky, wild, lights-my-blood-on-fire Harlow Reed. Since she just left a relationship in a hugely viral way, she should be the last woman I’m seen with.

On second thought, we can help each other…

I need a steady, supportive “girlfriend” for the court of public opinion, not entanglements. Harlow is merely looking for nonstop sweaty sex and screaming orgasms that wring pleasure from her oh-so-luscious body. Three months—that’s how long it should take for us both to scratch this itch and leave our respective scandals behind. But the more I know this woman, the less I can picture my life without her. And when I’m forced to choose, I’ll realize I don’t merely want her in my bed or need her for a ruse. I more than love her enough to do whatever it takes to make her mine for good.

More Than Love You is a sexy and emotional standalone novel in the More Than Words Series.

 

 

5 Stars

Harlow is a remarkable woman in many ways. So much strength and cunning yet hiding a world of hurt. She’s quick witted and a fast thinker. I loved the compassion that she shows and shared for other.

Noah has a dedication and determininess that can make just about anyone swoon. His love of family and life is refreshing. There was just something in his nature that made me really like him. Also being a sexy, athlete doesn’t hurt one bit.

A truly remarkable story with two amazingly deep people. Noah and Harlow were made for each other. They complement each other in a way that allowed the weaknesses to be strengthened, allowed there strengths to shine and wounds to be healed. Noah and Harlow show what I think love truly is. A wave of emotions that overtakes, the complexities and work that a relationship takes and the bumps in the road that make it all worth wild. More than Love You is so much more than my words can say to give justice to a book I totally fell in love with.

I discovered Shayla Black when I saw her name of the attending authors list to my very first book conference. I made it a goal to read one book by every author that attended. Shayla Black is the one and only author that I have ever called out from work because I stayed up all night reading my first ever book by her and had to stay home to read the next in the series. It’s somewhat needless to say that I fell in love with Ms. Black’s work from the moment I started reading. The More Than Word Series has gripped on to me in a way that her other books haven’t touched. More Than Love You, in my opinion is the best of the three and now my favorite book Ms. Black has written to date.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

Blog Tour and Review: The Schemer by Avery Flynn

Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everything—except how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn’t care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he’s equally irritating—until he discovers she’s the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he’s more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.

Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he’s got secret leverage she can’t refuse.
If only one meeting didn’t turn into a fake date that turned into more. Way more. Like naked and hot as hell more.
The last thing either of them wants is to catch feelings for someone who is so obviously not their type. Good thing that will never happen. Right?

Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon AU | Amazon CA | Kobo | iBooks | Nook| Google Play

 

 

4 Stars

The Schemer brings one of my favorite romance tropes, Enemies to Lovers. Everly and Tyler are a perfect pair but seeing that through the cloud of sass, snark and bickering makes it hard to see. These two will make you laugh until you cry. The comebacks between Everly and Tyler are priceless! I so enjoyed the cooking classes and there is a pretty good grovel. A secondary romance falls happens within the pages of The Schemer that just puts a big smile on my face. Tyler and Everly are an awesome couple and I very much enjoyed seeing them get to their happy place.

Avery Flynn always amazes me with her combination of sexy and funny that always delivers an amazing story that will entertain readers from beginning to end. The Schemer is everything I love of Ms. Flynn work and then some. The Schemer is the third book of the Harbor City Series and could be read as a stand alone, however reading the previous books will enhance the enjoyment of The Schemer.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

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USA Today bestselling romance author Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip.

She fell in love with romance while reading Johanna Lindsey’s Mallory books. It wasn’t long before Avery had read through all the romance offerings at her local library. Needing a romance fix, she turned to Harlequin’s four books a month home delivery service to ease the withdrawal symptoms. That worked for a short time, but it wasn’t long before the local book stores’ staffs knew her by name.

Avery was a reader before she was a writer and hopes to always be both. She loves to write about smartass alpha heroes who are as good with a quip as they are with their *ahem* other God-given talents. Her heroines are feisty, fierce and fantastic. Brainy and brave, these ladies know how to stand on their own two feet and knock the bad guys off theirs.

Review: Breaking Point by Allison Brennan

 

Breaking Point

Allison Brennan

Lucy Kincaid Series, Book 13

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: January 30th 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Bella Caruso survived a nightmare of abuse and betrayal. Today, she has dedicated her life to saving other young women from the hell that almost killed her—first as an officer of the law, then by stepping outside the law and into the darkness where true evil dwells. Now, it appears that the darkness has taken her once again.

JT Caruso often worries about his sister, given her line of work. This time, when he learns that Bella is working undercover to find a missing girl involved in a dangerous prostitution ring, JT asks FBI Special Agent Lucy Kincaid for help.

Even with Lucy’s extensive experience in running down human traffickers, finding Bella will not be easy. Not only because she is in too deep. But because Bella, who will not rest until she saves the girl, doesn’t want to be found…

 

 

 

The name of the author of this book, Breaking Point is Allison Brennan. This is a story in her Lucy Kincaid series. That’s all I needed to see to know that by picking up this book I was about to have a very exciting, very suspenseful adventure.

 

As expected this story has a very well-thought-out. well-developed plot with lots of surprises and suspense. As well as being a story about one of my favorite characters, Lucy Kincaid and the various other personalities that are usually featured in the Lucy Kincaid series this story also highlights Bella Caruso, sister to J.T. Caruso of RCK, Rogan-Caruso-Kincaid Protective Services. In this book Bella Caruso, pretending to be a doctor, is deep undercover with a prostitution/human trafficking ring. Bella is such a complex character yet Allison Brennan brings her to life in such a way that the reader can empathisize with her as well as stress with her about the part she plays in assisting such despicable characters. I found myself rooting loudly for Bella’s cause and success. I’m sure readers will enjoy following Bella through her trials and successes in this story.

 

A story about prostitution/human trafficking and all the ugliness that surrounds this is a hard story to write I’m sure. It’s a hard story to read at times because the plight of these victims is heart-wrenching. Add in the fact that this story highlights the trafficking of young girls and that makes it even tougher to read or even think about. I appreciate though that this author has the courage to bring this major scar on the face of humanity into the light of day. Allison Brennan does an excellent job of bringing the poignancy and tragedy of this to the reader’s attention. I commend her for how well she has researched this tragedy and her excellent skill in writing about this while telling such a suspenseful tale.

This is a masterfully written suspense story and I highly recommend this book!

 

I was given an ARC by the publisher for an honest review.

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Siren In the City by Sophie Oak/ Lexi Blake

Siren In the City

Sophie Oak/ Lexi Blake

Texas Sirens, Book 2

Kindle Edition, Enhanced Second Edition, 288 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by DLZ Entertainment, LLC

Re-released in a second edition with new scenes.

Jack and Sam married Abby. It was supposed to be for forever, but lately Abby wonders where her alpha male has gone. Jack has retreated and life has become decidedly vanilla. It isn’t the true marriage she and Sam wanted. Sam and Abby know the time has come to fight for what they need.

A call from his mentor forces Jack to revisit the club where he discovered his sexuality. Jack’s half-brother is in the city and interested in a little blackmail. Can Jack handle two defiant subs and a brother in need of some tough love?
Sometimes all it takes to find the way home is a little love and a lot of mischief.

Come back to the beginning and revisit some of your favorite old characters or find new ones to love. Siren in the City has been revised and new scenes added. And if you look closely, you’ll find not only the beginnings of the Sophie Oak world, but also the seeds of how McKay-Taggart began…

4 Stars

Wow! Super sexy with a level of intensity that keep the pages turning.

 

Siren in the City is an intimate and intense continuation of Sam, Jack and Abigail’s story. However Ms. Blake creativity takes readers much deeper, allowing them to see this amazing trio in a different light. Mischief, Mayhem and even the mafia are just the tip of the iceberg on this one. After the accident, things have changed, Abby in a way takes on the mission of getting her men right. As she says, When the masters away the mice will play.

 

Healing, humor and oh my god the Hotness. Lexi Blake once again take readers on an adventure they didn’t even know they were looking for. The building of a relationship, all the beauty and ugliness, the up and downs, the depth and intensity. If you enjoyed Small Town Siren, you will definitely want to indulge with Siren in the City. I promise, there will be no disappointment!

 

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.

 

 

 

Review: A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot

A Merciful Secret
Kendra Elliot
Mercy Kilpatrick series, Book 3
 
 Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 332 pages
Expected publication: January 16th 2018 by Montlake Romance

A pair of ritual murders could expose Mercy Kilpatrick to something terrifying: her own past…

Raised off the grid by survivalists, Mercy Kilpatrick believed in no greater safeguard than the backwoods of Oregon. Unforgiven by her father for abandoning the fold for the FBI, Mercy still holds to her past convictions. They’re in her blood. They’re her secrets—as guarded as her private survival retreat hidden away in the foothills.

In a cabin near her hideaway, Mercy encounters a young girl whose grandmother is dying from multiple knife wounds. Hundreds of miles away, a body is discovered slashed to death in a similar way. The victims—a city judge and an old woman living in the woods—couldn’t be more different. With the help of police chief Truman Daly, Mercy must find the killer before the body count rises. Mercy knows that the past has an edge on her. So does her family. How can she keep her secrets now…when they’re the only things that can save her?

 

 4 Stars

 

Kendra Elliott is one of my “go-to” authors for romantic suspense books. When I see her name on a new release I know I am going to get a first-rate gripping thriller which is well-written and maintains my interest throughout the story. A Merciful Secret which is book #3 in Kendra Elliott’s Mercy Kilpatrick series is an excellent example of this author’s fantastic writing skill set. This book has characters who are realistic and relatable to the reader. They have some character flaws, so not perfect unbelievable characters. In this book FBI agent Mercy Kilpatrick once again must use her excellent thinking skills and brave and caring attitude to solve a case. Mercy’s love interest, Eagle’s Nest Police Chief Truman Daly stays true to character as well. He must use all his skills to help support Mercy in her endeavers.

The author expertly describes her action scenes so that the reader feels involved personally in all the action. This is a fast-moving thriller which keeps the reader guessing until the end and doesn’t let up so you keep turning the pages eagerly in anticipation of finding out who-done-it!

 

 

 

Review: Ace by Laramie Briscoe

Ace

Laramie Briscoe

Moonhine Taskforce Series, Book 4

Kindle Edition, 201 pages
Expected publication: January 12th 2018 by Laramie Briscoe Books

Ace is saving lives and mending hearts…….

Anthony “Ace” Bailey

I’m not a rules kinda guy

Department Policy? Kinda sucks, but I do what I have to for the job that I love.
Playing it safe? Not my thing.
Married? No big deal when I know she’s unhappy and scared.

I’m one of those guys – a sniper in the military, a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, and a member of the Moonshine Task Force. I’ve lived through some shit.

My gut has never failed me. It’s my sixth-sense. Warning me of a gunshot coming my way, of a traffic stop being potentially deadly, or the tingling in the back of my neck when I go to sleep telling me I’ll be woken up by a call in the middle of the night. My gut has always kept me honest.

Like the day I walked into The Café and saw the new waitress. There was a ring on her left hand, but I didn’t care. One look in her eyes told me everything I needed to know. Her marriage wasn’t one made of love and respect. It was one made of fear and doubt.

It’s why I ignored that ring, why I arrested her husband, and the reason I’m willing to take my time. Patience is a virtue, and with this woman, I have it in spades.

Violet Miller

Meeting Anthony Bailey changed my life. He did things that no one else has ever done for me.

Feeling safe? Never happened before.
Feeling wanted? It’s been years.
Being independent? I’m learning.

It’s foreign, not having someone question my every move, being able to eat what I want for dinner, and sitting out on my front porch talking to Anthony every night while we share a couple beers.

I try to tell myself he’s just being nice; that he’s doing his job and working within the community. The problem? The night he takes the kiss we both want, everything changes, and I can no longer deny what I feel. But it doesn’t stop me from trying – and I learn quickly that Ace knows me better than anyone else ever has – including myself.

All I can do is hang on, as he takes me on the scariest journey of my life. The one that bends us until we almost break, and ends with a happily ever after I never thought I would get.


ACE includes the wedding of a beloved couple, an appearance by Reaper, and the continuation of EVERYONE falling in love with Caleb!

4 Stars

Anthony “Ace” Bailey is the epitome of what a southern gentleman with a streak badass is. He’s strong and commanding, yet patient and gentle. He’s a man that has learned what he wants and is more than willing to take the time, effort and work needed to achieve.

Violet Miller is the victim of an abuse spouse. A woman to has tried to better her life and literally keeps gets beaten down. Until the day the asshat made is move in front of the wrong person. Freedom is something Violet is not used to feeling. Care from a man is something foreign as well. Violet’s strong and more than she sees herself.

Healing, slow burning and learning to love again. Ace and Violet share an attraction and chemistry that they allow to slowly build and burn. Violet is strong in her conviction of being divorced before proceeding into something she deserves to have. They truly get to know one another, building a friendship while exploring what love truly can be. The fourth installment of the Moonshine Task Force series is a deep read for many reasons. Ace goes into touchy subjects in an elegant and caring manor. The shine is back and there are some jaw-dropping moments from someone who’s usually rather quiet. Laramie Briscoe one again impresses me with her ability to write all the feels while giving the reader an enjoyable story.

A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.