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Review: Dallas Fire and Rescue: Scorched by Melissa Schroeder


Melissa Schroeder

Dallas Fire & Rescue Kindle World Series

The Eldridges Series,  Book 1

Kindle Edition, 83 pages
Published January 19th 2017 by Kindle Worlds




As a firefighter, Cooper Murray has had his share of close calls, both on and off the job. When he’s injured in a four-alarm fire, he’s left at the mercy of Misty, his soon to be ex-wife. They’ve been estranged almost since their whirlwind romance and Vegas wedding. No woman has ever made him so insanely crazy or tugged at his heartstrings the way she does. Still, being in the same room is always dangerous for both of them.

Misty is convinced she’ll pay for her mistake of a marriage for the rest of her life. Coop was the one man who had captured her heart, and then he stomped on it and went back to Dallas. She had just started to live her life again when she got the call about Coop and his injuries. Misty isn’t in the mood to play nursemaid, but since he has refused to sign their divorce papers for eight months, she plans on using his confinement to force him to do just that.

With his injuries forcing close quarters, both Coop and Misty discover they have more in common than just the passion they share. Little by little, the pain of their past fades. But when things get tough, will they be able to hold the fragile new relationship together, or are they doomed to commit the mistakes of their past?






4.5 Stars 

Cooper and Misty have attraction and chemistry, it was like love at first sight. Just as fast as they started, they married and stopped. Cooper and Misty hold secrets affecting their ability to communicate with one another. Causing something that could be extremely good to go south very quickly. The heat of the moment can cause both pleasure and pain, leaving two people heartache and loneliness. Months later Cooper is injured while fighting a fire. One phone call has Misty at his bedside. Cooper sees this as his chance to convince Misty they belong together.


Melissa Schroeder packed a lot of emotion and passion in a quick, heat filled, second chance at romance read. A good story line, strong characters and very steamy. Even in this short tale we see a lot of character growth for both Misty and Cooper. Ms. Schroeder delivers a fun, sexy and heartfelt read with Scorched.


On a side note- As a long time reader of Ms. Schroeder, I love how she always include family. Misty’s brothers are bold, loud and a force. I can’t wait to learn more about them.

A copy of this title was provided for review. 




Review: Trouble In Texas by Melissa Schroeder



Trouble In Texas

Melissa Schroeder

Kindle Edition, 408 pages
Published December 20th 2016 by Harmless Publishing


Two Texas sized romantic suspense books for one low price.


A woman who can’t escape her past.

Althea Johnson would like to leave the past behind. The memories of her mother’s murder lurk in her dreams and someone wants her to remember. Deciding to return to the small Texas town where it took place to deal with the demons from that night.
A man who will do anything to protect her.

Duncan can’t believe his best friend’s little sister has grown into such a wonderful bundle of curves. He is at first stunned by his reaction to her, but never one to be slow he starts putting the moves on her. It isn’t until he is completely seduced by her that he realizes that she is putting herself in danger to solve the old crime.

A killer who will do anything to possess her.

As both of them fall in love with each other, the stalking and danger escalates. Women close to Althea’s description are being found raped and murdered. The new lovers work overtime to figure out just what went wrong 20 years earlier, not realizing the mysteries they will reveal could jeopardize everything they are fighting for.


Excitement, danger, and falling for the man of her dreams all have Grace under pressure.

Small town college professor Grace Michaels’ normally boring life has become more than a sane woman can handle. First, her ex-finance shows up in town, then her parents park their RV in front of her house. It makes it kind of difficult to seduce her sexy new neighbor, Sheriff Ren Morello. Of course, having her office and home burglarized isn’t great either, but it does put her up close and personal with Ren.

Ren wants nothing to do with Grace. So what if he can’t seem to stop thinking about her? She is a woman who would demand commitment and after his nasty divorce from his cheating ex-wife, Ren wants nothing to do with marriage. All he wants is hard fast sex. The problem is, the only woman he can picture it with is Grace.

When the threats to Grace turn almost deadly, Ren finds himself in her company more often than not, and keeping his hands off her becomes impossible. But as the danger grows closer, the attraction grows deeper, and Grace must choose between protecting her heart or her life.

Both books have been released as single titles.





4 Stars


Her Mother’s Killer 
Straight up Wow! 
Intensely emotional and intriguing. Melissa Schroeder blows me away. 
Althea returns home hoping to find answers to a tragedy that has plagued her for too many years. Complex and deep, Thea is amazing, sassy and when she puts to her mind to something, she goes all in. She need a new start but when the problems she walked away from follow her home the story just continues to turn from there. 


Duncan can’t believe the woman the his bestfriends sister has become. Being Sheriff makes his a protector by nature. When Thea is threatened, protecting her becomes the mission of his life. He will pull out all the stop to make her realize he’s the man for her. 
Melissa Schroeder rocks at romantic suspense. Well written and a plot that kept me guessing. As always with Mel’s books, you feel like you know the characters personally. They have qualities that make you want to read and learn more about them. As the suspense of the book builds so does the passion. Balancing the romance and suspense is a fine line, which Ms. Schroeder does very well.  

Grace Under Pressure 
Funny, suspenseful and sexy. 
Grace is a walking calamity with a wonderful heart. I so fell in love with her for the get go. She a geeky girl but she also has a bit of a spitfire in her as well. Having been burned by her ex, Grace has forgone men and is focusing on her career. Until a simple task lights a fire Grace can’t control. 
Ren is the super sexy new sheriff in town. Recently divorced, Ren is in no way shape or form looking to tie himself down. He’s a bit bitter and very leery of starting anything with the woman. However an instant attraction has flames burning for a clumsy woman. Ren was a true knight, even if he need a smack or two upside the head. He’s funny, protective and loved his wittiness. 
It’s all about the build up. Ren and Grace have the attraction and chemistry. Both being burned by members of the opposite sex, the build up was really about it for them. Sexual tension with suspense and humor weaved in. All the making of a good romance. Not only the primary, but the secondary characters are really what make the book. Personality and charisma of each individual character are unique, enjoyable and very entertaining. The suspense factor keeps you turning pages and the building of sexual tension keeps you hanging on.  
A plot that will have you guessing until the end and steamy passion. Well done Mel, well done. 


ARC: At Last by Melissa Schroeder

atAt Last

Melissa Schroeder

The Fitzpatricks, Book 1

Kindle Edition, 180 pages
Published October 2016 by Harmless Publishing



A woman who gets under his skin.

Aeden Fitzpatrick has been annoyed by his sister’s best friend for as long as he could remember. She is snooty and a know it all, and he just doesn’t like her that much. Of course, it doesn’t keep him from fantasizing about her, or getting irrationally angry because she dates so many men. That all changes the night of his sister’s wedding. One night and he is hooked. But Wendy has obligations so he will just have to wait.

She never expected love.

Wendy has always assumed she would never fall in love. She had made sure to date the kind of men who knew the score. Her childhood had proven to her that she was unloveable and she refused to take that from a man. Aeden changes all of that in one long, amazing night. Now, six months later, she’s not sure what will happen, but she knows she’s in love.

A fan obsessed.

Wendy returns to find out she is a local celebrity but she could care less. All she wants is to return to work and figure out what is going on with Aeden. Their courtship isn’t without it’s bumps in the road. Their chemistry in bed doesn’t help deal with their conflicting personalities. But when an obsessed fan starts to stalk Wendy, Aeden realizes that he doesn’t want to live without her in his life. When the stalking turns sinister, the lovers must fight for everything they hold dear…including their lives






4.5 Stars


Wendy is snarky and sassy. A woman who gives a bit of her heart in everything she does. However her dysfunctional upbringing has left her view of relationships hollow. As an honorary member of the Fitzpatrick’s, Wendy learned what having a real family is like.
Aeden is cocky and all alpha. A man who daily puts his life on the line to others safe. He too has an different view when it comes to relationships. He’s devoted to his friends and family.
Aeden and Wendy have been building a long burning tension for years. At her best friends wedding it becomes known she’s leaving for six months. In a moment of real life, prior thoughts and opinions were changed in the blink of an eye. One night left a never ending memory, gracing each other’s thoughts daily.
Wendy and Aeden are the definition of two people that were meant to be together. Her independence and his cockiness have created a sexual tension that is explosive. Their interactions with each other bring out the best of both of their personalities. Aeden and Wendy are both strong characters with charisma and depth. They complement each other in the best ways.
Melissa Schroeder’s AT LAST is sassy and sexy. The Fitzpatricks are going to give the Santinis competition.


ARC Review: A Santini’s Heart by Melissa Schroeder

heartA Santini’s Heart

Melissa Schroeder

Santini Series, book

Harmless Publishing

August 30, 2016


Carlos Santini has seen the worst of war first hand. After leaving the Marines, he decided to open a therapy ranch. If he can’t fight anymore, he wants to help those who have served and who are still serving. Everything is fantastic, but for one little issue, his assistant, Tia Mendoza. The woman is bossy, sarcastic, and so hot he can barely keep his thoughts straight around her.

Tia loves the work she does with Carlos. She thrives helping other veterans like her brother. Of course, working for a man like Carlos isn’t easy. He has a hot temper and he is so sexy when he loses it. She can’t help but test him, until the day she pushes him too far.

Carlos knows from that first kiss that Tia is the woman for him. But, before they can have that Santini HEA, they find the ranch they both love in danger from some very bad men. As the threats grow deadly, Carlos realizes that before he can claim his woman, he will have to do everything in his power to save not only the ranch they both love, but also Tia’s life






5 Stars


Carlos Santini  has been to hell and back. A retired Marine suffering from PTSD, mad at the world and everything in, found some peace and solace at an equine therapy ranch. With hard work, The companionship the horses gave and the sheer determination of proving his ball busting trainer wrong, Carlos found a way to not be so mad at the world and joy life again. Even if he’s bossy and grumpy.


Tia Mendoza has to be one of my favorite female characters that Melissa has written. She’s hard and sassy. She takes no crap and will just dish it out 10 times harder than you can. Tia is also giving, caring and independent.  Losing her brother has been very hard on Tia, causing this fiery woman to lose some of her sass. Fighting an attraction while fighting depression has this ball busting woman on edge.


There is nothing like watching the moment when a Santini realizes they have falling in love. Big, hard, alpha men who put their lives on the line, stumble when their heart skips a beat and stop in their tracks almost dumbfounded. Carlos is no different than his brothers or cousins when it comes to Tia. These two tangle each other up like no other.  They also have the ability to help heal each other in ways no other could. Their  cheeky banter and snarkiness add to the inevitable that they’re trying to avoid. Their chemistry and attraction is off the charts sexy and hot. It also contains a deep emotional healing that you feel coming from the pages. What better way to heal than with the love of a Santini!


A Santini’s Heart is an emotional ride leaving you breathless for a cowboy!



Release Day: The Santinis: Vol 2 by Melissa Schroeder





The Santinis: Vol 2

Release Date: July 1, 2016

Series: The Santinis, Bundle Two

Series Tagline: Born for Sin, but Made for Love.

Main Genre: Family Saga Military Romance

The volume includes books 6, 7, and 8 in the series and is on sale for .99 for a limited

time. Regular retail price: 5.99.

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22851930A Santini In Love

Book 6

Genre: Military Romance/Romantic Suspense


She was the last woman standing.

Madison Baker was born and bred to be a Marine. When a roadside bomb ends her

first deployment—not to mention her career—she is left to pick up the pieces of what is

left of her life. She’s returned to Oceanside to regroup and move on. It doesn’t mean

she’s ready for a relationship, even if a particular Santini has different plans.

Love happens when you least expect it.

When he first met Madison back at the Academy, Dante Santini is sure the woman was

put on the earth to irritate him. She’s prickly and mouthy. She always thinks she’s right.

Worse—she almost always is. She hasn’t really changed over the years. One

disagreement ends up with them lip locked and very nearly falling into bed, Dante

discovers he might need to rethink his first impression.

When Madison is convinced she witnesses a murder, the only person who believes her

is Dante. Together, they sift through the meager evidence, trying to unearth the secrets

someone is trying to hide. Neither one of them expecting it would draw them closer—or

that a killer is hell bent on making sure those secrets stay buried.

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23475721Falling for a Santini

Book 7

Genre: Military Romance/Romantic Suspense

A crush that turned into love.

Being the only girl in a family with five Santini brothers was never easy on Elena Santini.

She always tried to be faster and smarter to make sure they always took her seriously.

They were always trying to tell her what to do, and worse, who she could date. That’s

why falling for her oldest brother’s best friend wasn’t smart especially when he treats

her like a sister. That is, until she gets him alone in her apartment one night.

NCIS agent Jethro Thomas, known to everyone as JT, has always played it smart.

When his admiration turned to attraction a few years ago, he started avoiding Elena. A

guy wasn’t supposed to have those kinds of thoughts about his best friend’s little sister.

After returning from an undercover assignment, and about to go on another one, he

can’t seem to resist the temptation. One night with her and he knows he’s lost, but he

JT returns from the assignment with a few more scars, both physical and emotional–but

he survived for one reason. He’s ready to start a new life with Elena, but a dark cloud

hangs over the new love. When small incidents evolve into near death accidents, JT

realizes someone from his past is ready to destroy his happiness, even harm Elena to




23599844One Night with a Santini

Book 8

Genre: Military Romance

He was searching for something that was missing from his life.

Brando Santini is headed to New Orleans to blow off some steam with a few of his

buddies. The respite from his life as a Marine doesn’t really seem to do the trick until he

runs into his college crush, Kaitlin Fitzpatrick. After a little dancing and a few drinks,

they end up in bed together and Brando knows she’s the one for him.

One night will never be enough.

Kaitlin never forgot Brando. She never would have thought the sexy nerd would have

remembered her. More than that, she definitely didn’t expect he would be interested in

seducing her. Their time in New Orleans is intense but much too short. The memories of

his lovemaking leave her counting the days until she sees him again.

A complication neither of them expected.

By the time Brando arrives in Maryland, Kaitlin suspects that their one night together

has left them with more than memories. When Brando insists on marriage, she refuses

on the grounds he doesn’t love her. But what Kaitlin doesn’t understand is that when a

Santini wants to prove his love, nothing will stand in his way—not her five brothers, his

own annoying family, or even the woman he adores.

Read the First Chapter:


About Mel


From an early age, Melissa loved to read. First, it was the books her mother read to her including her two favorites, Winnie the Pooh and the Beatrix Potter books. She cut her preteen teeth on Trixie Belden and read and reviewed To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school. It wasn’t until she was in college that she tried to write her first stories, which were full of angst and pain, and really not that fun to read or write. After trying several different genres, she found romance in a Linda Howard book. Since the publication of her first book in 2004, Melissa has had close to sixty romances published. She writes in genres from historical suspense to modern day erotic romance to futuristics and paranormals. Included in those releases is the bestselling Harmless series. In 2011, Melissa branched out into self-publishing with A Little Harmless Submission and the popular military spinoff, Infatuation: A Little Harmless Military Romance. Along the way she has garnered an epic nomination, a multitude of reviewer’s recommended reads, over five Capa nods from TRS, thirteen nominations for AAD Bookies, and made the USA Today bestseller list in 2013 with The Santinis. Since she spent her childhood as a military brat, Melissa swore never to marry military. But, as we all know, Fate has her way with mortals. After twenty years as an AF spouse, she and husband, a long with their brats, both human and canine, are now happy they get to pick where they live. She lives in the middle of wine and horse country in Virginia and shops for million dollar homes in Hawaii.








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ARC Review: Contant Craving by Melissa Schroeder

cravingConstant Craving

Melissa Schroeder

Task Force: Hawaii, Book 3

Harmless Publishing

May 31, 2016


She might trust him with her life but she’s not too sure she can trust him with her heart.

Charity Edwards has never been a woman who liked to compromise–not at work and definitely not in her personal life. So, when TJ Callahan appears on the scene as their FBI liaison, she decides to take a chance on the slow talking Texan.

TJ doesn’t like undercover work, but thanks to an old case, he has been tasked to do just that. He uses his position to infiltrate TFH to investigate Charity, a woman well-known for her hacking skills. His almost instant attraction he has to Charity makes it impossible not to blur the lines and he soon finds himself falling for the impossible woman.

When his assignment is revealed, Charity wants nothing to do with him, but she has no choice. Thanks to TJ’s investigation, Charity’s life is in jeopardy and he will do anything to protect her–even if it means sacrificing himself.






5 Stars


Melissa Schroeder nails romantic suspense.

Charity is a live in the moment, intelligent and caring woman. Fun and straightforward. A geek through and through.  She’s a fun spitfire, that you want on your side.  TJ was born into geekdom, making him destined for the life.   He’s kind of quiet, laid back and good at what he does.  He’s caring and kind with just enough alpha to make you more than want him.
A suspense plot that keeps your brain moving with chemistry and personality that keeps you moving through the pages. Constant Craving shines with what Melissa does best.  Characters with depth and quirks that make the read fun along with the suspense. Steamy passion and amazing chemistry that make the pages sizzle. Constant Craving is everything that I love about Melissa’s work. She draws you in, keeps you there, and makes you want more. Along with trying to figure out a way to life the good life in Hawaii.

Constant Craving like the other books in the Task Force Hawaii series is my new favorite of Melissa’s work.

An advanced reader’s copy was provided for an honest review.




Review: Conquering India by Melissa Schroeder



Conquering India

Melissa Schroeder

Texas Temptations Series, Book 1

Kindle Edition

Expected publication: April 19th 2016 by Harmless Publishing (first published 2010)


Caterer India Singer is getting her life on track, hoping to make it big with her new company. She doesn’t need any distractions…especially a younger man. She won’t get involved with another man destined to leave her. But security expert Wade Thompson won’t take no for an answer.


Wade knows exactly what he wants and just how to get it. He’s pulling out the stops because he’s sure India’s the woman for him and his best friend and business partner, Marc Jasper. Marc isn’t too sure and tries to keep India at arm’s length. When a threat to India has her in constant contact with Marc, the lure of the curvy older woman is too much to ignore. But when both men raise the stakes and ask for more than just a fling, will India play it safe to protect her heart, or will she take another chance on love?


This is a reissue and has been edited for content.




4 Stars


India is starting to making a name for herself as her new life begins to unfold. A smart and business savvy woman.  When it comes to catering an event she holds all the confidence in the world. When it comes to herself, she been torn down by an ex, causing emotional scarring that doesn’t allow her to see who she truly is. A woman with a heart and one hell of a backbone.


Wade and Marc share a bond deeper than friendship. Spending time in the military together, experiencing horrific missions and finding an unconventional way to experience pleasure tie these two tighter together than the average person could understand. In an odd way these two huge personalities balance each other out.  You can’t help but to to love them from the moment of meeting.


Passionate, erotic and a touch of suspense. Melissa Schroeder gives the reader a quick, full of personality and sexy read with Conquering India.  Marc and Wade will melt your heart with their dominance and passion. India is a perfect example of what a strong woman can and will do. A sensually erotic ménage that will heat you as hot as Texas sun.


And E copy was provided for an honest review.



ARC Review: Snowbound Seduction by Melissa Schroeder


Snowbound Seduction

Melissa Schroeder

March 21st 2016 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Select Contemporary)  

This blizzard is blazing hot…


Trevor MacMillian is the tart and incredibly sexy executive chef who’s made pastry chef Elaine Masterson’s life a living hell. But when she catches him in nothing but a tiny little towel, it’s almost enough to make her forget they’re stranded in a luxurious mountain cabin together…or that she hates him almost as much as she craves him like a sinfully forbidden dessert.

Being alone in a romantic secluded cabin might just kill Trevor outright. If Elaine hates him now, how much will she hate him if she finds out he’s been fantasizing about her full, kissable lips? So Trevor argues with her. Makes her angry— until an intense and unexpected kiss turns their hostility into insatiable hunger. And with this much heat, the snowstorm outside doesn’t stand a chance…




4 Stars


Melissa Schroeder teases and tempts readers with the delicious sexual tension of Snowbound Seduction.


The animosity flying in the kitchen between Trevor and Elaine has nothing on what the two truly feel for each other and are afraid to show it.  When the two stubborn chefs get tricked into a weekend alone it put up or shut up time for them both.


A quick, read that’s sweet and tempting. I loved the witty, back and forth banter between Elaine and Trevor.  Their tension turned passion is as delectable as the dishes they create.  Enemies to lovers are some of my favorite stories, Trevor and Elaine will make your mouth water.


Review copy provided by netgalley.








ARC Review: Hostile Desires by Melissa Schroeder

hostalHostile Desires

Melissa Schroeder


Published January 5th 2016

Harmless Publishing





As a cold case heats up, two former adversaries discover there is a thin line between love and hate.


Seven years ago, Dr. Elle Middleton’s world crashed and burned. She has rebuilt her life and found comfort in her work as the medical examiner for TFH. When a new case leads to a cold case, she is beyond excited for the challenge, until she finds out the one man she wants to avoid is her partner on the case.

Graeme McGregor isn’t any happier with the assignment. The doctor gets under his skin in more ways than one. He’s avoided her and his attraction by keeping his distance from her, but working with her has made it impossible to resist taking a little taste.

One kiss leads to another…then to a full blown affair. But even as they draw closer to each other, secrets from that long ago murder rise to the surface. The killer’s determination to stay free leads to a dangerous confrontation that puts both of their lives in peril and could leave TFH in shambles.





5 Stars


Melissa Schroeder has hit a new plateau with the exquisite seduction of suspense and emotional depth in her newest release in the Hawaii Task Force series, HOSTILE DESIRES!


Elle is not quite the woman she shows to the world. Suffering a past that would most could never fathom, she chooses to live on. A brave and strong woman that keeps people at an arm’s lengths to protect herself, who is filled will sweetness and sass.


Graeme, oh my!  Let me pause to melt for a minute or five. An Alpha of the best kind. Strong, commanding and sexier than words can describe. Loyal in every sense of the word. Graeme hold a kindness and gentle manner that makes him sweet and romantic. Add in that Scottish brogue that you’re mind automatically switches to whenever, he’s on the page. Hence, pedal on the floor!!!

I said this with Melissa’s first book in the Task Force Hawaii series and I will say it again with  HOSTILE DESIRES, this is her best work.  Ms. Schroeder knows her characters well, how to shake up a plot and keep readers turning the pages.  Perfectly balanced romance and suspense, HOSTILE DESIRES intrigues the reader and makes them want more. Graeme and Elle are perfect for each other and watching them get there was worth every page.  Our friends of the Hawaii Task Force add to the humor, wit and drama making HOSTILE DESIRES a fabulous suspenseful read with more emotional depth than you would expect.



ARC Review: Seductive Reasoning by Melissa Schroeder 


Seductive Reasoning

Melissa Schroeder

Task Force Hawaii, book 1 

280 pages 

Harmless Publishing

Publish Date: Oct. 12, 2015


Join Melissa Schroeder for a new Harmless spinoff series filled with suspense, hot men, and breathtaking romance.



Even paradise has a dark side…
Working with local, state, and federal agencies, the men and women of TASK FORCE HAWAII work on cases ranging from bank heists to terrorism. A diverse team filled with ex-military, law enforcement, medical, and technical support, they are Hawaii’s last defense against the worst criminals.
Resisting her might just kill him.
Former Army Special Forces Officer Martin “Del” Delano has enough on his hands chasing a serial killer and heading up TASK FORCE HAWAII. He definitely doesn’t need the distraction of Emma Mitchell. From the moment they meet, she knocks him off his feet, literally. Unfortunately, she’s the best person to have on the team to make the connections to help them catch their killer.
A temptation she can’t ignore.
For Emma, it’s hard to ignore the lure of a man like him. Tats, muscles and his Harley cause her to have more than a few fantasies about Del. He’d never be interested in a geek like her, but she can’t resist toying with him. When she pushes the teasing too far, she ends up in his bed. She convinces herself she can handle it until the moment he steals her heart.
A killer obsessed.
Del can’t help falling for the quirky genius. She’s smart, funny and there’s a sweet vulnerable side to her that only he can see. As Emma gets more involved with the investigation, she becomes the target of the psychopath. When the danger escalates, Del promises to do anything to save the woman who not only captured his heart but also his soul.




5 Stars 

Seductive Reasoning is a fast paced, character driven book that keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot keeps you on the move and guessing, while quirky, sassy and witty characters draw you in for the ride. Del and Emma’s attraction and chemistry is off the charts that creates a lovely sexual tension. The secondary cast of characters demand the same attention as Del and Emma. Intriguing readers to want their stories as well. Passion and personality are two thing I have come to expect from every Melissa Schroeder book I read, she has never failed me.
Melissa Schroeder once again has captivated this reader with a perfect balance of page turning suspense and steamy romance. There is no genre of romance that Mel can’t nail. Seductive Reasoning, in my opinion is her best work to date and a perfect romantic suspense read.