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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: Justify Me by J Kenner

 

Justify Me

J. Kenner

Masters and Mercenaries Crossover Collection

Stark International Trilogy Series, Book 4.5

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

 

McKay-Taggart operative Riley Blade has no intention of returning to Los Angeles after his brief stint as a consultant on mega-star Lyle Tarpin’s latest action flick. Not even for Natasha Black, Tarpin’s sexy personal assistant who’d gotten under his skin. Why would he, when Tasha made it absolutely clear that—attraction or not—she wasn’t interested in a fling, much less a relationship.

But when Riley learns that someone is stalking her, he races to her side. Determined to not only protect her, but to convince her that—no matter what has hurt her in the past—he’s not only going to fight for her, he’s going to win her heart. Forever.

 

 

 

4 Stars

 

I adore J. Kenner’s Stark Trilogy series and add in the Masters and Mercenaries crossover, that makes Justify Me one awesome read.

 

There is nothing like when our main characters have a history that makes getting to the romance side of things that much sweeter. Riley and Natasha were a fun couple. The chemistry and connection were amazing believable and very hot. The touches of BDSM were done well and with class. The characters are very well written and make themselves known . The plot is engaging and keeps the reader turning the pages. The suspense will keep you on the edge.

 

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.

Review: Luckiest Cowboy of All by Carolyn Brown

Luckiest Cowboy of All
Carolyn Brown
Happy, Texas Series, Book 3
Mass Market Paperback, 331 pages
Published January 30th 2018 by Forever

A secret baby brings a second chance for love. Carlene Varner’s homecoming isn’t exactly going according to plan. She thought she’d have some time to adjust before introducing her daughter to Jace Dawson, the father her little girl has never known. Instead, within days of her arrival, her house burns down and she and Tilly have no choice but to move in with the sexy cowboy himself at the Prairie Rose ranch. Now the whole Dawson clan-heck, the whole town of Happy-is all up in their business.

Jace has dealt with stubborn bulls and bucking broncos-but being a dad? He is so not ready for this… Yet the more time he spends with Carlene and little Tilly, the harder it is to imagine life without them. Now he just has to convince Carlene that he’s the real deal-and hope that this time she’s here to stay.

 

 

Luckiest Cowboy of All by Carolyn Brown is the final book in her Lucky, Texas series. Ms. Brown has once again brought together some characters who entertain with tender moments, family love and unity, witty conversations and fun scenes. These characters are so true to life that I found myself looking at them as friends and family as I read their stories. In this book Carlene Varner returns to Happy, Texas with her third grade, 8 1/2 year old daughter, Tilly because she wants her daughter to grow up in a place where she can happily put down roots. This is something she didn’t have growing up since her family moved every couple years. Carlene knows she will see Jace Dawson who she dated in high school since Happy is such a small town. What happens when they do meet again is a special and enlightening scene in the story. Needless to say the attraction between them is still as hot as ever. What happens along the way to Carlene and Jace finding their Happily Ever After is a fun read.

 

Carolyn Brown has a brilliant talent when it comes to writing child characters. In my opinion in this story little Tilly absolutely steals the show. She is a chatty, independent whirlwind of a kid and I found her to be the best part of the story. The things this child says are a hoot! For instance how she relates the story of when she saw a mouse in the falling down house she and her mother have moved into really made me laugh. She said, “I think I saw a mouse yesterday. But I didn’t cuss – even though I wanted to – because that get’s me in trouble.” I love this kid!

 

Reading the next book in a Carolyn Brown series gives you the warm feeling of coming home again after being away for a while. That’s a really great feeling. Pick up Luckiest Cowboy of All and enjoy the warm feeling of getting to know down-home characters in a makes-you-feel-good story.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Review: The Hail You See by Lani Lynn Vale

The Hail You Say

Lani Lynn Vale

Hail Raisers Series, Book 5

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: January 11th 2018

Get out!

He yelled those words at the love of his life twelve years ago, and to this day, Reed Hail regrets them. He’s always been the type of person to speak before he thinks, and apologies have never come easy.

It’s been over a decade since she was his, and he stubbornly thinks that he can keep on living without her.

He couldn’t be more wrong.

The last thing he needs is her vagina anywhere near his exam table. But nobody ever asks him what he wants.

Maybe he should’ve gone into the auto-recovery business after all.

I hate you.

Krisney Shaw would take those words back in a heartbeat if she could. In fact, she would take back everything.

Never meeting him would be the perfect place to start. The memory of Reed Hail haunts her—morning, noon, and night.
Then, to add insult to injury, she has to see him being happy while she’s breaking a little more inside every single day.

Reed Hail is her worst nightmare because she’s constantly reminded of exactly what she’s missing—the other half of her soul.

Just when she thinks things can’t get worse, she’s sees his sexy, bearded face over the top of her paper gown, and she’s lost all over again.

Don’t ever let me go.

Both Reed and Krisney are determined to avoid each other. They do a great job of it, too…not.

One ill-timed gynecological exam changes everything. One single second in time shows Reed what he’s missing—literally and figuratively—and suddenly he’s back at square one.

The only problem with being back at square one? He won’t be able to leave her a second time.

Especially since the first time around he didn’t have a child with her to consider.

5 Stars

Reed Hail and Krisney Shaw have a history that is made of many unforgettable happy moments and nightmare of a tragedy that has left them both longing for years. 12 years. With wants and needs that no one can begin to soothe. With a past that still influences the future, chemistry that has never burnt out, Reed and Krisney’s story is my first 5 Star read of 2018.

Lani Lynn Vale has a remarkable talent for giving readers a crazy, this could never really happen, OH my God that just happened, page turning story that locks you in, in every way. Emotional, sexy and completely character driven. The Hail You Say completely blew my mind. Krisney and Reed share a depth and bond that is something quite remarkable. Two strong people who have been through hell and back, prove that love is the strongest of them all.

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

Review: Whiskey Secrets by Carrie Ann Ryan

 

Whiskey Secrets

Carrie Ann Ryan

Whiskey and Lies Series, Book 1

 Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Carrie Ann Ryan

Sparks fly between a former cop-turned-bartender and his new innkeeper in the first installment of a Montgomery Ink spin-off series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan.

Dare Collins is a man who knows his whiskey and women—or at least that’s what he tells himself. When his family decides to hire on a new innkeeper for the inn above his bar and restaurant, he’s more than reluctant. Especially when he meets the new hire. But he’ll soon find that he has no choice but to work with this city girl and accept her new ideas and the burning attraction between them.

Kenzie Owens left her old life and an abusive relationship behind her—or so she thought. She figures she’ll be safe in Whiskey, Pennsylvania but after one look at her new boss, Dare Collins, she might still be in danger, or at least her heart. And when her past catches up with her despite her attempts to avoid it, it’s more than her heart on the line. This time, it might mean her life.

 

 

4 Stars

 

Carrie Ann Ryan starts my 2018 reading year with all the feels. Emotional, sweet, sensual with just the right amount of hotness to get you to your happy place. Kenzie and Dare are like two pea in a pod but with different issues from the past that plague their present. Kenzie is an amazingly strong woman. Issues that seem to always keep them both on their toes. Dare and Kenzie created sparks the moment they met. I loved that their connection was not only physical but very deep on the emotional side. They found a way to help each other deal and heal with past. Whiskey Secrets is a fantastic start to the Whiskey and Lies series. Kenzie and Dare are both well developed and yet complex at the same time. They connection they share and built is something of beauty. For a faster pace of the story we experience a lot of growth for Dare and Kenzie and potential development for future story.

 

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