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I Want You Back
Want You Back Series, Book 1
New York Times bestselling author Lorelei James kicks-off her Want You Series with a Lund family cousin hot enough to melt the ice and mend a broken heart.
Former NHL star Jaxson Lund has returned to the Twin Cities, but he’s at loose ends, unsure if he belongs at Lund Industries, or where he stands with Lucy, his ex-girlfriend and mother of his daughter, Mimi. Despite the signs she’d like to leave him in the penalty box, the attraction burning between them reinforces his determination to prove that he deserves a second chance…
Lucy Quade is in a good place with a steady job, a nice apartment, and a well-adjusted daughter, which is why she’s hesitant when Jax insists on co-parenting. It’s not that Lucy doesn’t trust Jax…she’s just unconvinced he can handle multiple responsibilities when he’s been singularly focused on playing hockey. But when issues arise with Mimi, Lucy’s shocked at how levelheaded and paternal he acts, giving her a glimpse of the Jax she used to know, the sexy, sweet man she fell for years ago.
Once Lucy lets her guard down, Jax goes all in to show her how good they are together, but will their past remain too large an obstacle to ever overcome?
Ms. Lorelei James rocked my reading world hard with I Want You Back. In a world created within written pages, Ms. James takes a fantasy like situation, enriches it with real life trials, temptations and events giving this reader her first 5 star read of the year.
Jaxson Ludd had everything any man could want. The beautiful woman at his side, the angel of a daughter, a family that loves and supports him and a career that he loves. Jaxson tossed a good bit of that out the window when his fame and excess became more important than his real life. Jaxson hit rock bottom, paid a price, got help with his addiction and is back. Ready to make amends, right some wrongs and be the man he should have been before.
Lucy Quade’s life has been shaken up once again. Basically easing her daughter as a single parent. Now with the ex back, and to stay, he’s found a way to insert himself into her everyday life. While happy that her daughter has her father in her life on a more regular basis, the emotional turmoil, both good and bad, that man creates within her, makes Lucy crazy. He all but broke her, yet he creates so much for and within her, she can hardly see straight.
There are so many things I loved about I Want You Back. Two people who came together to learn to be good parents for their child. Jaxson and Lucy are an amazing couple who worked painstaking hard to get themselves where they wanted to be. The baggage these two carry would cost a good portion of Jax’s fortune to fly. The characters are complex with layers that have layers. They grow personality and together throughout the story. I loved Jaxson stepping up to be a real father, not just the fun dad who gives and gives. While Jax royalty messed things up, Lucy was not without fault and she owned up to it. The way Ms. James places the flashbacks of the story are seamless and comes off like a daydream. While giving wonderful insight to the characters and story. I adore the solid family bonds and connections. Which if you have read Ms. James you will know is one of the pieces of the foundation of her stories.
I Want You Back is an emotional, eye opening and thought provoking read. Jaxson and Lucy will break your heart, put it back together all while dancing a slow dance of attraction and chemistry, remembering the past while trying to have a future. Ms. James gave me everything I needed, wanted and more.
Disclaimer- I’m not a sports fan in any, way, shape or form. Actually hate sports is a description for what I feel about sports. Hockey plays a huge part of I Want You Back and yet not enough to outright over power the story. There was a particular blow off some steam skating session that turned into a very humorous scene that I very much enjoyed.
Ink by Numbers
Carrie Ann Ryan
Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs #3.5
Published: March 26, 2019
Kaylee knows art, friendship, and love. And because she’s known love, she wants nothing to do with it ever again. She likes her life just the way it is. Her art and her Brushes with Lushes classes keep her sane and happy.
Landon spends his days with numbers and financial spreadsheets. At night, he just wants to relax, but the only way he can do that is with a woman. But these days, not just any woman will do.
Kaylee and Landon do an excellent job of dancing around each other, but no matter how much desire burns between them or their own personal hang-ups, they’ll need to make a choice: life as they know it, or a life that could be so much more.
Carrie Ann Ryan sweeps readers off their feet with the latest installment of the Montgomery Ink, Colorado Springs series with Ink by Numbers.
If you have been reading the Montgomery’s of Colorado Springs you have gotten to know a little bit about Kaylee and Landon. Kaylee is the lovely and creative owner of Brushes with Lushes. Kaylee has a past I wasn’t expecting but that past helped mold her into the pretty awesome person she has become. Landon is a solid friend of the Montgomery’s and a numbers nerd. The hottie of a man has been a in a rut with his life. Over the course of the Colorado Springs spin off of The Montgomery Ink series we have seen Kaylee and Landon have dance around the chemistry they create. Are they or not, has been a running question for many. Even them. Now we get their story.
Ink by Numbers is a quick, emotional and sweet short story. Kaylee and Landon are so good for each other, it just takes them a while to get there. The romance is slow but once the flame is on, there is not stopping the two. The things we learned of both Kaylee and Landon give such insight to whom they are. Ms. Ryan filled in the blanks for all those questions we had of Landon and Kaylee.
Powertools: Hot Ride Series, Book 1
published: March 19, 2019
Can a marriage of convenience turn into true love? Maybe…with the help of the right man.
Quinn has made mistakes—like sleeping with the wrong people. It’s taken him time to figure out what he wants in bed and out of it. Understandable, since he’s attracted to both men and women and surrounded by a network of friends who seem to have no trouble finding love in any combination.
When he meets Trevon—the sexiest man ever—on the side of the road, only one thing keeps Quinn from pursuing him: Trevon’s even sexier wife, Devra.
Like Quinn, Trevon and Devra have led rough lives. Financial and safety concerns forced them into a marriage of convenience they both secretly wish was more.
The lessons Quinn’s past taught him should put the brakes on his fantasies of propositioning Trevon and Devra for a one-night ménage. But the need to atone for his previous transgressions, along with pure temptation, drives him to bring the struggling couple closer, even if it means breaking his own heart in the process.
This is a standalone book in the Hot Rides series and includes an HEA with no cheating. The series is part of the greater universe where both the Powertools and Hot Rods books are also set, so you can visit with many of your previous favorite characters and see what they’re up to now!
I have been waiting for Quinn’s story and let me say Ms. Rylon did not disappoint in anyway. Quinn’s past was not a pleasant one however he was able to find a family made by bonds not blood. For those that have read the Hot Rod series, Wild Ride is a treat to see the progress Quinn has man. Now a man and responsible, love seems to be the only thing missing from his life.
Trevon and Devra has an interesting and so heartwarming. Married for reasons of safety and security, expressing their wants and desires and love is not something easy for them. This may make you bat an eye but read the story you will completely understand. So much love and passion to be shared, only if their were a friend to help or push.
Wild Ride is only of my top three books from Jayne Rylon. Three people with hard pasts find the strength from each other and within themselves to raise above. To open themselves to their desires. Quinn, Devra and Trevon relationship develops organically and is deeper than even themselves couldn’t imagined. Wild Ride is sensual and emotional, fun and sexy. A fast and enjoye read that gave this reader just what I look for.
Carrie Ann Ryan
Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs Series
Published February 19th 2019 by Carrie Ann Ryan
The Montgomery Ink: Colorado Springs series continues with a couple fighting to keep what they thought they had and gain what they didn’t know they needed.
Roxie Montgomery met her soul mate when she least expected it. When he asked her to marry him, she thought her happily ever after was only just beginning. Then, she found that walking into the sunset was much harder than her favorite books made it out to be. After a crushing loss, she feels as though she doesn’t know her husband anymore, or rather…she doesn’t know herself.
Carter Marshall has loved Roxie since the first time he saw her. But as the days pass between them, so does the distance. He doesn’t know how to show her that he’s all in, and honestly doesn’t know if she’s in at all. When an accident changes everything, they’ll have to decide if what they have can be salvaged, or if starting over is the answer. Or even possible.
Without fighting, without a true new beginning, sometimes, the remnants of what was lost can leave anyone jagged, shells of what they were before. It will take more than the idea of forever for Roxie and Carter to find themselves again, but as the Montgomerys know, nothing worth fighting for is easy.
As a long time reader of Ms. Ryan, I found Jagged Ink to be a different style of book for her but one I thoroughly enjoyed.
Jagged Ink spotlights Roxie Montgomery and Carter Marshall. Readers of this Montgomery Ink spin off series have only seen Roxie and Carter as a couple and gotten a few glimpses of their life. They both fell head over heels at first sight and set their live on the path to happily ever after. After a horrible accident and an unexpected event puts strain on the toughest of people. Questioning yourself can shake up a world in more ways than one. Making happy go to dark and grey very quickly.
Carter and Roxie are walking on a very bumpy road separately make their relationship turn into crumbles. In dealing with the hurt each is feeling they both fall into themselves. Breaking a bond they thought unbreakable. Or did they. Jagged Ink show that a relationship is work. It’s not always pretty and passion. Communication is the key to any relationship. Sometimes something so bad happens it makes people forget the basics. Then the spiral happens. All seems broken and giving in seem the thing to do. Does distance really make the heart grow fonder?
What I loved about Jagged Ink- although I couldn’t relate to everything that Carter and Roxie went through there were many aspects that I found similar from being in a long-term relationship. The amount of emotion with the pages is a roller coaster ride. You get the happiest of happy and the saddest of the sad. Bad and good happen but Roxie and Carter found their way. There were moments I wanted to take them both by the shoulders and shake them both but they figured it out.
Roxie and Carter made me smile when I read the end.
From Breath to Ruin
Carrie Ann Ryan
Elementals of Five series, Book 1
Published: March 19, 2019
In her YA debut, New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five.
Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five to bring the two fractured kingdoms together.
Lyric has no idea that there’s a realm outside the human one she lives in. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out that nothing is as it seems.
War is raging around her, and when Lyric realizes that they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted as she trains: a boy who isn’t who she thought, and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her.
For the darkness is coming, and the Queen of Obscurité wants to ensure that the King of Lumière can’t get his hands on Lyric. And the only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more…no matter the cost to prophecy.
Carrie Ann Ryan dips her toes in the realm of YA Fantasy with the exciting, From Breath and Ruin.
From Breath to Ruin opens a new world of layered complexities, magic and mayhem. First I must say that world building in a paranormal story/series is a must for me. The scene and atmosphere in a paranormal is just as important as the characters and creatures that we discover within story. Ms. Ryan crafted this exciting new world with style, mystery and a touch that is all her own. A world that as I read, became familiar and more of a mystery all in one. In my opinion that is an excellent sign of world building.
Lyric thought she was a normal eighteen year old young lady. Normal everyday worries like boys and school. Feeling the pressures of making the right choice. Trying to find the place where she fit in. Until an accident, has Lyric seeing things differently. Realizing that her nightmares are in fact reality. Shaking the very foundation of everything she knows.
From Breath and Ruin is a multi layered, coming of age and magical story. I’m not a huge fan of YA novels, however I’ve been a loyal fan of Ms. Ryan for many years now. While I was hesitate to read From Breath to Ruin because of the YA factor and I’m glad to say, but shouldn’t be surprised, I did enjoy the read more than I believed I would. The world building is spot on, the characters developed more depth throughout the story and the magical elements were just that magical.
A nice beginning to what is looking to be a series that is going to bring many surprises.
Carrie Ann Ryan
Whiskey and Lies Series, Book 2
One whiskey-saturated night turns into something far more in the second standalone installment of the bestselling Whiskey and Lies series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.
Fox Collins likes his life just the way it is. His siblings are falling in love all around him, but he’d much rather focus on his next story than on a serious relationship. However, when his latest one-night stand returns to Whiskey—this time for good—he’ll need to learn to trust his instincts to figure out if he can live without her in his life.
Former dancer Melody Waters is finally ready to settle down in her grandmother’s small Pennsylvania hometown. Bad decisions and fateful nights have changed her path more than once, but now she’s focused on one thing: opening her new own dance studio. But fate is a funny thing, and once again, she’ll be forced to learn that actions have consequences and some repercussions can not only change your life forever, they can also come back to haunt you…one broken promise at a time
Fox won me over from his first appearance on the page. He’s a dedicated, hard-working and extremely loyal man. He’s got those alpha tendencies that I tend to love in my heroes, but he also knows how to be a gentle, caring and extremely sensual man. I also can’t forget mention that Fox is pretty high up on my hotness scale. Fox’s personality and attitude make him a very like man.
Melody has talent, drive and a touch of sass that puts her in a class that’s all her own. She starting a new chapter of her life, in a small town while still trying to heal from the consequences of bad choices. Melody has those dreamer tendencies and a caring nature that make her the wonderful person she is.
Whiskey may have been the catalyst, but chemistry and connection always get you in the end. Fox and Melody shared night of whiskey fueled passion that left way more than a hangover the next morning. Leaving two people with a longing of something or should I say someone more in their lives. Fox and Melody dance around the feelings they share giving readers a sweet, sensual tale of love that heats up pretty quickly.
Whiskey Reveals is low on the drama and all about the feels. I really enjoyed the connection between Melody and Fox. The way that Melody revealed her secrets and the way Fox receives and reacts is worth the story alone.
Whiskey Reveals is entertaining, sweet and hot. The perfect combination in a romance.
His To Protect
Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Collection
Bodyguard Bad Boys Series, Book 2.5
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.
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.
Her Guardian Angel
Masters & Mercenaries Crossover Collection #2
Suzanne is an earthbound angel on her critical first mission: protecting Declan from an emerging supernatural threat at all costs. To keep him close, she hires him as her bodyguard. It doesn’t take long for her to realize that she’s in over her head, defenseless against this devastatingly sexy human who makes her crave his forbidden touch.
Together they’ll have to draw on every ounce of their collective training to resist each other as the enemy closes in, but soon it becomes apparent that nothing could have prepared them for the menace to their lives…or their hearts.
Her Guardian Angel was my favorite read of the Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Series. Larissa Ione is a go to author for my love of paranormal romance but when you add in my love for Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries, I was gone from the first page! I was beyond curious to see how this was all toning to play out.
Suzanne and Declan make me smile! I loved the chemistry they shared and the depth to each character. Something that I have come to expect from Ms. Iona’s work. The world building of the Demonica Underworld is nothing short of brilliant. Ms. Ione brings something unique to the table with every story she writes. She also treats her reader with no only a darn good romance, but they get a few nice surprises as well. I can’t go into too many details without giving away way too much of this book in my opinion. Just let me say it’s definitely worth the one sit read that I made it.
A copy of this title was provided for an honest review.
Say You Won’t Let Go
Return to Me Series
Masters and Mercerizes crossover series
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 . . .
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.
Masters and Mercerizes Series
Masters and Mercerizes crossover Series
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.
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.