Off the Record
With Me in Seattle: Mafia Series, Book 3
Rafe “Rocco” Martinelli was never one for the family business. Alas, being born into a crime syndicate means doing the family’s bidding and making sure you’re connected—and, yes, breaking a few kneecaps. Rafe would love nothing more than to hang up his enforcer apron and live a quiet life, but as more and more higher-ups in rival clans turn up dead, Rafe realizes he doesn’t have a choice. Especially not when the captivating and gorgeous bratva princess needs his help.
Dr. Annika Tarenkov learned early on that her life belongs to her family. She’s a pawn in the long game, a bargaining chip for power and prestige. She gave up the only person in her life she thought she could be happy with, all for the greater good of the family. Now, a newly made widow and desperately seeking answers, she’s forced to confront her past as it converges with her present. But all it does is make her wonder about her future and how she can make Rafe hers again. While being with him is like wrangling a toddler at times, he still makes her heart race and her breath catch. And she wouldn’t feel safer with anyone else.
With the chips seemingly stacked against them, they must work to uncover the perpetrators of the nefarious plot that’s been brewing for some time—before it’s too late.
With Me in Seattle: Mafia Series, Book 2
As the son of one of the States’ most prominent mob bosses, Shane Martinelli’s always been immersed in society’s shady underbelly. Learning to navigate it and keep to the edges was working just fine until an acquaintance turns up missing, and he fears the worst. From the moment he laid eyes on her, he hasn’t stopped thinking about her. Luckily, as an ex-special operative, he’s uniquely qualified to track her down and keep her safe. Unfortunately, nobody’s making that easy—not the people who took her nor the woman herself.
Ivie Jordan has led a pretty uneventful life, and that’s just how she likes it. Especially since she’ll be the first to admit that she doesn’t do so well in social situations. She’s a proud business owner, and while she doesn’t have family, she does have a network of people who look out for her. Little did she know that being accepted into that fold came with a laundry list of issues. When the worst happens, and she’s forced to rely on the ruggedly handsome alpha hero who comes to her rescue, she discovers her inner badass—and the sultry vixen on her other shoulder.
Too bad the two of them are literally running for their lives and trying to ensure the safety of those they love. There is way more at stake than meets the eye.
It’s time for the hunted to become the hunters.
Kristen Proby has a thing with Mafia Romance!
Hang on tight, because Headhunter will keep you on the edge from beginning to end! Also if you read Underboss you know this one is set up for intensity.
I am not sure who was carrying more secrets. The wickedly sexy Shane Martinelli or beautifully sweet Ivie Johnson. One ran away from a past that is now catching up with her and the other holds so many secrets that the average man would break. Shane and Ivie have mastered the dance of flirting with one another. Now at that life or death situation Shane steps in to protect Ivie. As the danger brews so does the attraction. The passion becomes as intense as the danger.
Headhunter is a fast paced, intense yet intimate story of danger and romance. There’s something Maria stories that intrigue me. To find out there is a sub genre in romance, excitement is an understatement. Kristen Proby hits it out of the park on so many levels. The danger is on point. The family ties and rivalries are intense and intriguing. The romance is as dangerous as the danger. The narration of this story gave me chills in all the right way. Ms. Probly’s story very much walked off the pages with narrators Lee Samuels and Kristen Leigh.
With Me in Seattle Series, Book 1
March 9, 2021
Narrated by Tor Thom and Kelsey Navarro
From New York Times Bestselling Author Kristen Proby comes an all new family in her With Me In Seattle world! Hold on to your seat as we introduce you to Kristen’s new MAFIA FAMILY!
As the eldest son of Seattle’s current mob boss, Carmine Martinelli’s life has never really been his own. But he doesn’t mind because his family means more to him than his life. Which is why he’s determined to make those responsible for the death of his aunt and uncle pay—in inventive and gruesome ways. And what better way to do that than to infiltrate the Russian mafia from the inside? It’s a good thing the bratva’s princess is stunning and seemingly willing to do whatever he asks. This vengeance could be the perfect mix of business and pleasure.
Nadia Tarenkov has several things stacked against her: she’s a woman, and she’s not the eldest child in her family. But it doesn’t matter. She has her sights set on ruling the syndicate, and she always gets what she wants. When the heir to one of the States’ most powerful crime families comes knocking, Nadia sees it for the gift it is. He thinks he has her fooled, but she’s smarter, more cunning, and always two steps ahead. She’ll beat the gorgeous mobster at his own game, and secure her place in the fold.
What neither of them takes into consideration, however, is that they aren’t the only ones with deadly plans in motion. To survive, they’ll have to come clean and work together—and acknowledge that the growing love they’ve been pretending isn’t there, is very real.
Dark, dangerous and wickedly sinful. I love a good Mafia story and Kristen Proby has my attention!
Carmine Martinelli is sexy and smooth. Eldest son to Seattle’s boss, he’s got power and knows how to use it. As loyal as they get, Carmine takes his family obligations and responsibilities with everything he’s got. Wanting justice for a family death Carmine’s plan to infiltrate the enemy just may put him into a battle he might not be sure he can win.
Nadia Tarenkov is known as the Ice Princess. Daughter to the head of the Bratva, this girl packs a punch. She has goals that her position in the family doesn’t automatically give her but she’s more than willing to prove herself able. She’s willing to plan in the lion’s den but she just might end up caught in an unexpected trap of her own making.
Underboss is a fantastic start to the With Me in Seattle Mafia Series. Carmine and Nadia are amazing together. From that first exploratory kiss many many years before you could see the chemistry in the making. Individually they are both powerful and together they are near unstoppable. Their attraction to each other is undeniable and their chemistry is beyond explosive. Watching them tease each other or try to avoid her feelings was almost comical in a way. Yet when you see them working together taking down people on their tail you see an amazing team. Underboss is dangerous and dark with some intensely romantic moments and combustible passion. Kristen Proby rocks this Mafia romance.
Underboss was narrated by the wonderfully talented Tor Thom and Kelsey Navarro. Together they brought another level of intensity to this story. Tor Thom’s Voice is dark and sultry. It’s like a siren, keeping you listening, enticing you to listen to the entire story in one sitting. Both of these narrators are new listens for me and I was completely impressed. They very much do justice to Underboss.
The Director’s Cut
A Patricia Fisher Mystery, Book 3
She’s over fifty, overweight, and in way over her head!
It’s well known that working in movies can be cutthroat, but no one expected that to be taken literally.
It’s party time on board the Aurelia! On the LA to Hawaii leg, a Hollywood film crew are shooting scenes for a new action movie and Barbie has been given a bit-part role. It’s all great fun and Patricia isn’t surprised when her cute, blonde friend attracts the attention of the handsome A-lister male lead.
But when he is found murdered in the upper deck pool and the killer leaves a message saying Barbie is next, it falls to Patricia to work out who the killer is.
With her trusted butler, Jermaine, good friend, Barbie, and lame-duck Shane Sussmann, an odd-looking film extra she befriended, Patricia will have plenty of help as she unravels the truth. The prime suspect has an ironclad alibi though and there is definitely something going on with the film’s beautiful female lead.
Will there be more bodies? Will the new deputy captain be of assistance this time? Will Jermaine be able to serve tea at four o’clock?
It’s going to take more than luck to solve this one. Can she survive The Director’s Cut?
A cutthroat, conniving, hiding in the shadows kind of mystery filled with humor and entertainment.
Director’s Cut is the third installment of the Patricia Fisher mysteries. On this leg, from Los Angeles to Hawaii, a film crew hops on board bringing excitement and murder. Patty along with her faithful butler, Jermaine and her best friend on the ship Barbie, get caught up in a hot mess of Hollywood proportions.
Patty is such a wonderful character. Starting life over on an around the world cruise is definitely the way to do it. Patty is observant, resourceful and willing to bend the rules just a little bit. I love how she has befriended her Butler, Jermaine and allows him to dote on her even though she doesn’t feel she deserves it and Barbie. Her exercise obsessed friend, who lends a hand in many of the humorous parts of this novel. The characters are as lively as they are lovely. There’s lots of personality flowing right alongside the mystery of The Director’s Cut.
Director’s Cut is a fast paced, ever twisting plot, fun cozy read. The turns will keep readers guessing themselves throughout the entire read. Patty is smart and lively even if she jumps the gun from time to time. She may not be a professional when it comes to solving crime, however she does quite a good job at figuring it out. From the interaction to the characters down to the who done it, The Director’s Cut Will keep you fully entertained. I had the pleasure of enjoying the Director’s Cut as an audiobook. Narrator Katherine Anderson is amazing. She brings Patty to life with flair and charisma. Ms. Anderson’s performance earned an extra star on my review of this title.
Jack and Coke
Lani Lynn Vale
Uncertain Saints MC Series, Book 2
Narrators: Mason Llyod and Kendall Taylor
Mig’s wife is a bitch.
How else do you describe a woman that lies, cheats and steals to get what she wants?
That’s exactly what happens when she traps him into a marriage he wants nothing to do with, saddling him with a kid that he knows doesn’t deserve to be in a world like his.
He’s doing a pretty bang-up job at ignoring everything but his responsibilities as a DEA officer and a member of The Uncertain Saints MC.
Then his neighbor knocks on his door, and everything he thought he knew is blown out the window.
Annie teaches Mig that not every woman is out to get him.
Her love for Mig stretches past what’s appropriate for two friends, and Annie soon straddles that invisible boundary between appropriate and inappropriate.
Annie’s not a cheater, though.
When she tries to say goodbye, Mig won’t let her leave, and soon the tiny town of Uncertain blows up with the news of Annie and Mig’s innocent friendship.
Matters of the heart are foreign to Mig, and it takes Annie being gutted for him to see the wrong he’s done.
He waits too long, though, and Annie’s heart is broken.
She wants it all, or she wants nothing. She can’t take anymore half-hearted attempts at being just friends.
The heart wants what it wants, and it doesn’t take long for Mig to realize that.
But just when Mig finally has it all in the palm of his hand, his life is ripped to shreds by a new player in the game, and it takes all of Annie’s love and devotion, as well as help from the men of The Uncertain Saint’s MC, to put Mig back together again.
Mig lives by a code of honor that has most people wondering what is wrong with him. A total alpha man that is caught up in a bad situation. I loved and felt for Mig. His heart is like no other. His past has him sticking to a code of ethics that are not only honorable but crazy in the same. His heart is longing for another while a new life is what keeps him walking in circles of misery.
Anne recently divorced a guy who turn into total scum while they were married. She’s a spunky and bold woman. She says what she means and what’s on her mind. Anne’s an independent woman, owning her own business and is building a new life after her years with a no good man. This woman has a heart of gold, the patience of a saint and the will to take on the world.
Lani Lynn Vale gets me hooked every time. Mig and Anne have a roller coaster ride of a story. That’s putting it kind of light. Their chemistry is something beyond what either one of them has felt before. Circumstances do not allow them to act upon the feelings, readers feel the pain right along with Mig and Anne. Cheating is a no go for me, while this story may go to shades of gray at times it NEVER crosses the line. An honorable and admirable man suffers tremendously, while a good woman stands beside him while the one who should, wouldn’t. Mig is a total alpha with code of morals that makes him damn near saintly. Anne is strength and patience. Two amazingly strong people have a raw and bumpy road filled with deep emotion, humor, a few crazy people and passion that is worthy of a book!
Lani Lynn Vale captures steamy passion, raw emotion and intense personality that has readers feasting on her words. Jack and Coke is a fine example of Ms. Vale’s unique writing style that captures a reader instantly and has them hanging on every word. I can’t get enough of LLV!
Her Warriors Three Wishes
Carrie Ann Ryan
Dante Circle Series, Book 2
Narrator: Gregory Salinas
Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?
Ambrose Griffin is older than most, if not all, civilizations. As each year passes, he submerses himself into his training, only relaxing around his protégée and friend, Shade. After losing his wife and children in the last Angelic Wars, he guards his heart and has no desire to share it with another.
Bookkeeper and romance novel enthusiast, Jamie Bennett dreams of being swept off her feet by a white knight. However, her life is no romance book. Since meeting Ambrose—a sexy, delicious angel—she’s been twisted inside out and doesn’t know why. Things are happening that she can’t control and now her life is in danger.
Balin Drake is stuck in hell, literally. His life of refusing to take souls, even though it’s part of his demon nature, has caught up with him. He’s dying and now must search for his true half, but even a mating may not save him. When he meets the two people who could fill that part, he’ll need to fight for something he hasn’t felt in over a century—hope.
Warning: Contains a rigid angel who needs a certain sexy woman to help him unwind, a book keeper who finds herself the creamy center of the best cookie ever, and a demon who has a certain taste for pressing them both against walls.
Carrie Ann Ryan entices, temps and makes the reader melt with the amount of heart and heat in Her Warriors Three Wishes.
Her Warriors’ Three Wishes is my favorite Dante’s Circle series book. I am also a sucker for a good ménage. I love Balin. He’s a rebel among his kind. He also had this innocent nature with his naughty ways. I found him unique. Ambrose had it all and it was taken away. Making him reserved and even coming off as a bit of an ass. Jamie puts herself out there and doesn’t give up. Even when her true nature is revealed she keeps her head high.
Carrie Ann Ryan puts the reader in the middle with an angel on the left, a demon on the right and they’re both talking dirty in your ears. Holy hotness. Gregory Salinas sultry narration takes readers on this sexy and suspenseful, fast paced story that will have your ears turning red. I love the combination of all the different paranormal elements. The characters are fun, feisty, and well developed. Her Warriors Three Wishes is a wickedly naughty listen.
A complementary copy of this audio title was provided for an honest review.
Pleasure At Home series, Book 1
As the host of a very successful home shopping TV show that sells adult toys, Mi has become the object of an ex-con’s obsession, requiring the services of ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard, Lucas Vega. As the attraction between Lucas and Mi grows, Lucas has a difficult time keeping his feelings for Mi separate from his mission to keep her safe. A mission that is more challenging than anyone could have predicted.
Damaged by their pasts, Lucas and Mi find more in common then they could have imagined and secrets they thought would tear them apart could be the ties that bind them together forever. But with the stalker growing bolder, Lucas and Mi must learn to trust each other or risk losing more than their hearts.
One of them could lose their life.
Beth Yarnall surprised me in many good ways with Rush!
Mi is an amazing character. Confident, yet insecure in many ways for both. The plates she joggles, that most people don’t know about, would have most people pulling their hair out. However this woman goes on TV and with pride and confidence sells adult toys. Giving her a swoon of fans and creepers. The strength she must possess in so many aspects of her life, leaves this strong woman a bit naïve at times. Mi finds a way to continue on, even when life would be broken from most. Strong doesn’t begin to describe her.
Ex-Navy and Bodyguard Lucas got more than he bargained for when paying back a favor. The man is as hard as the come. Yes, in every way! He’s strong, takes no crap and can intimidate just about anyone. He also has a kind, loyal and caring heart that makes saying know to him quite a hard thing to do. Lucas will sweep you off your feet, swoop in, pick you up, and leave good chills going up and down your spine.
High five to Beth Yarnall! A superb mix of suspense and romance. With unexpected drama that is just as intense as the passion. Plot twist that drop jaws and engaged the reader fully. Mi and Lucas turn this story into intricate adventure while getting to see the craziness to the happily ever after.
Steven Barnett flawless deliverers the emotions, passion, fear, desperation and pleasure that Ms. Yarnall gives readers in Rush.
Powerful CEO, Garrett Emerson’s, life and corporation are built on a foundation of risk taking and top secret priorities. He works hard, but plays even harder. When tragedy strikes, the charismatic and sexy billionaire takes the gamble of his life by bringing a beautiful consultant into his inner sanctum, exposing her to his exclusive society of extreme athletes who are adventurous both in business and pleasure. Inexplicably drawn to the intriguing woman, Garrett teaches her to face her fears, bringing them both to new levels of ecstasy.
Selby Reynolds, a high profile technology specialist, reluctantly accepts an engagement at Emerson Industries. Discovering secrets and uncovering clues to a murder, she’s swept into Garrett’s dangerous but seductive life of luxury. Captivated by the world renowned capitalist and adventurer, she’s convinced he could crush her heart. As he pushes her sexual limits and their erotic play intensifies, Selby finds it impossible to resist the one man who turns her darkest fantasies into a reality.
When Selby’s life is threatened by a killer, carnal lessons of trust are put to the test, forcing them to choose who is friend and who is foe. Can Selby give her heart to a man who revels in the excitement of flirting with death? Will they prevail against an enemy who threatens to tear apart Garrett’s world, including the fragile connection with the woman he seeks to claim as his own?
Warning: This book contains several erotic love scenes and is intended for adult readers only.
*This is a full length contemporary erotic romance novel.*
Whether it’s paranormal or contemporary, Kim Grasso gives her readers a sexy read that leaves you panting.
CEO Garrett Emerson likes to live life on the edge. Whether it be the board room, bedroom or having fun he pushes every movement in his right to the edge. He’s powerful and rich, yet charming and charismatic. Garrett is a man who will get exactly what he wants. The harder it is to get, more tempting it is. For as powerful as he is, there’s something very good about him even if he can be an arrogant jerk at times.
Selby is as smart as she is beautiful. A geek girl by day and a sensual woman by night. A childhood accident plagues the talented woman with issue of anxiety. She pushes herself out of her own comfort zone. Making her not only likable, but amazing strong as well as brave.
Club Alutra is not for the faint of heart. Living on the edge in every possible way. Strong personalities, adrenaline junkies, crazy money, intense desires and scandal keep the blood flowing and the pages turn in the first book of the Club Altura Series, CARNAL RISK.
Kym Grosso’s amazing story telling along with Ryan West’s sensual voice talent get the read pumped up and riding the edge. Carnal Risk is an extremely erotic, suspense filled novel. Friendship is tested, betrayal is around the corner and greed is a top player. Power, lust and adrenaline fill the air as an intriguing plot unfolds around the exclusive Club Altura. Well developed characters push their limits while leaving readers hanging on, breathless and more than tempted.
Harder Than Words
Carrie Ann Ryan
Montgomery Ink Series, Book
Narrator: Gregory Salinas
Meghan Montgomery-Warren thought she knew what love was when she’d married young and had two children. After years of being emotionally beaten down, her husband has finally left her and now she’s forced to find her way once again. Somehow she needs to find the person she used to be and figure that the strength she’d thought she’d lost was always there.
Luc Dodd left Denver and his best friend Meghan when he was forced to watch her walk down the aisle with another man. He might have only been her best friend, but he held his true emotions close to the vest. Now he’s back in town and in Meghan’s life. Only he needs to decide if that’s enough for him…and her.
Their journey from friends to lovers is a slow burn of seduction and pain. When Meghan’s past comes back to haunt them both, the two of them will have to stand closer together or be torn apart by their own misgivings forever.
Friends make the best lovers.
Meghan and Luc shared a friendship that had the potential for so much more. Only Luc didn’t let on to his feeling and Meghan got swept off her feet my another man.
Ten Years later, Meghan is trying to keep life going for herself and her kids. Spending the last decade living under the thumb of a husband that didn’t live up to the words that bound the two in marriage. Meghan is a brave woman dealing with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Independent and strong, Meghan deals with a new set of insecurities as she heals from a botched marriage and finds a love in a place she never saw coming. Allowing her to be the woman she never knew was finding inside.
Luc has spent the last ten years traveling the world, finally returning home. A loyal and dedicated friend, wonderful son and brother, with a huge heart that still aches for the girl that got away. The amount of patience, the willingness to help and an unwavering devotion makes Luc a one of a kind man. He never wavered from showing the woman who holds his heart what love really is.
Meghan and Luc’s story is one of patience, longing, and intense passion. Friends to lovers is one of my favorites. Once friends rediscover their friendship, while learning to act upon the feelings of new and old. Carrie Ann Ryan once again makes your pulse race while hitting your heart hard. Gregory Salinas pulls the reader deep into the emotions and passion with his sinfully delicious voice. Allowing the reader to lose themselves in Harder Than Words.
Carrie Ann Ryan
Montgomery Ink Series, Book 3
Audiobook Published: June 2015
Decker Kendrick knows it’s wrong to have feelings for his best friend’s little sister, but that doesn’t stop his thoughts from going down that path. No matter how hard he’s tried to stay away from Miranda, once she gets her sights on him, there’s no backing down.
Miranda Montgomery might be the youngest of the Montgomery clan, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she wants. Namely—Decker. She’s loved him for as long as she can remember and won’t walk away until she gives it her all.
But once they give in, not all is at it seems. Decker’s father’s out of jail and someone from Miranda’s past isn’t happy with the new relationship. Even as they start to move on and overcome their pain, they’ll find that their inner obstacles are the ones they’ll have to face first.
Fun, feisty and explosive.
Gregory Salinas turns up the heat on my favorite and most erotic book of the Montgomery Ink Series, Tempting Boundaries. Reading this book was hot. Listening to the narration is a raging fire. Miranda and Decker are explosive. They have secretly watched, longed and lusted after each other long then both are willing to admit. Building something before even touching each other. Gregory once again add another level of passion, lust and emotion to Carrie Ann Ryan’s words that dig into your heart deep. Gregory Salinas smooth voice is perfect for Decker’s dirty talking ways. Hot, hot, hot!