What a great start to a series by two suspense authors I love. In this first installment we meet Scarlet Moreno and Krista Hart who were both on a sting operation together 3 years ago that went bad resulting in Scarlet getting shot and Krista saving her. After realizing they had been set up to die they both leave the LAPD and decide to start their own PI business. Allison Brennan writes Scarlet and Laura Griffin writes Krista. The stories are done separate and both have different cases they are working on. Both were very suspenseful and kept you guessing as to the who and why’s. Both stories end with a conclusion to each “job” they’re on but the mystery as to who set them up and the start of romances for both looks like will be on going through each book. Both these women are tough as nails and I really like who each is getting paired up with romantically. These men are not pushovers and I thought they were perfect for Scarlet and Krista. I look forward to reading about more adventures/cases for these two and seeing how they manage the new men in their lives.
What a great story. It’s a short story and its not a romance but excellent writing and characters. The main characters are a 15 year old and her father who has been absent her whole life but now thrust together when she is running for her life from a gang that wants her dead.
Angel Saldana grew up with only an alcoholic mother who really wasn’t much of a mother. Angel grew up in the gang infested streets of LA and is a tough and smart as any grown up. After witnessing murders by a gang leader she goes to the police and is set to testify but when an attempt to kill her result in the cops transporting her getting shot she goes on the run for her life.
Jake Morrison was just 19 when he got Angel’s mom pregnant and didn’t even now about her until she was 5 but he was still in now condition to take care of a kid and was still enlisted. He became a cop after getting out but ended up serving time when he severely beat a fellow dirty cop. Now he’s a bounty hunter. When he finds out Angel is in trouble he doesn’t hesitate to find her.
Angel was a hoot to read. She has the best lines in the book and the banter between her and Jake was laugh out loud plenty of times even during very serious situations. The only bad thing about the book was the length, I wanted more. I would love to read more about these two sometime.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Biker romance lovers add this series to your list. As MC series have become more popular any new book in the genre needs to grab and keep your attention. There are always going to be some similarities but the characters are what really needs to grab you and Tripp and Doll certainly do that. As a MC is made up of many guys you also need to feel a connection to them as well which I certainly did throughout. Doll’s two best friends were introduced along with who will be there men in their upcoming books. As I am already wishing I had my hands on those upcoming books I’d say the author did her job in capturing me as a reader with this story of the life in the Hellions Club.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
When we started this journey we met 3 men who were all so different. Adam who was grieving so deeply for his wife and was ready to give up on life and his career in the military, Damian who met his soul mate but lost her all in the same night, and Marc who suffered from great guilt over the death of his brother Gino. Adam went to lead these men in battle that left them all with both physical and emotional scars to add to the ones they already brought into war.
In each of their stories Kally goes into such depth in detail of the BDSM lifestyle that brings them all together after the military, PTSD, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and amputation just to name a few. Before finally getting each story we thought we knew what demons haunted each of these men and women but find out we hadn’t even scratched the surface.
That was definitely the case with Marc d’Alessio. This is Marc’s second story. The first introduced us to Marc and who was to become his woman, Angelina Giardano. But Marc still held secrets at the end of the first book both from Angelina and himself. The ones he was holding from himself he didn’t even subconsciously know about. This book is about the journey he goes on in the discovery about his childhood and the past that he has blocked out or forgotten. Angelina has always known Marc was holding things back and this prevented their relationship from moving out of the limbo state they are in. She is still vulnerable when it comes to him but when his journey to discover past secrets takes him down many paths she decides she is going to stand by her man even when at one point he walks away from her.
This book gives us the closure Marc finally needed with Gino and makes it possible for Marc and Angelina to finally start journey of happily ever after.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When you read a Leanne Davis book you know it’s going to be something so painfully emotional, and tragic, that your stomach feels knotted while reading it. When I saw she had a new series coming out I was both happy and scared at the same time. Her characters go through feelings of guilt, sadness and devastated sympathy before getting there happy ending and as a reader you are along on that emotional journey from beginning to end. This is the first book in a 3 book series. The series is based loosely around the members of a band called Zenith.
The heroine Joelle Williams is married to the lead singer. Joelle lost both her parents for different reasons and by high school she was in foster care and alone. When she met Rob Williams she was just 19 and lonely with no sense of self and had radically changed her appearance. They married shortly after and now 4 years later she is attending Al-Anon meetings and trying to stay afloat living with an alcoholic husband and the band members in squalor. She doesn’t know who she is anymore. She’s become a doormat to her husband who controls her emotionally but she is so scared of being alone she puts up with everything until she runs into the older brother of a childhood friend at the Al-Anon meetings. At first she is embarrassed for him to see what she has become and figures he is going to judge her based on her hair, tattoos and piercings. But he soon becomes her lifeline and the only friend she can depend on when things get worse with Rob.
Nick Lassiter was such a uniquely written character. From the start he never saw what was on the outside of Joelle. He only saw what was on the inside and he knew she needed saving. Most of that comes from having to be the man in his family from the age of 13 when his father suddenly died leaving a grieving mother with many daughters left to raise. Nick appointed himself as Noelle’s rock until she was able to be strong for herself. This was not an easy or fast path as Joelle had so many issues along with a husband she had walked away from but was hesitant to completely let go of.
Joelle’s journey back to herself was not an easy one and at times was very painful to watch as she would move a couple steps forward then she would ultimately find something to sabotage it and take a few steps back. Even though Joelle wasn’t the addict here she still had to go through the steps to start making the right decisions for herself so she could start a new life.
We were introduced to all the characters who will be in the next two books in this book and I for one cannot wait to read their stories.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Each book in this series has the common theme of the Hauntings at Inner Harbor but they also are different in the feel of each story. The first was much darker; the second was full of humor and this one sweet. The author writes in such a way that you believe in the ghosts that haunt the apartment building and you root for them to find what they need so they can cross over.
Veronica Matthews is the psychic-medium that lives in the complex that has helped the previous two couples with their “troubles”. She doesn’t really see her gift as a gift but has resigned herself to knowing she is going to see ghost and help the ones she can to move on. When she see’s that her sexy neighbor has a ghost tagging along with him she tries to not get involved but when Hunter Anderson see’s that she can see this presence that has been with him for two years he begs for her help.
Hunter thinks the ghost is his wife who died two years ago and whose death left him in such a depression he turned to pills and alcohol to numb his pain which almost cost his job as a Dr. It turns out its not his wife but a young patient he lost on the same night.
As Veronica and Hunter try to figure out what the ghost needs to finish here on earth to be able to move on they slowly start to heal from the heartbreak of their pasts and find themselves attracted to the other but Veronica’s lack of faith in men makes it hard for her to believe in a happily ever after.
I keep hoping we will get more information on the vortex in the building that is both the place where the ghosts cross over but yet it also houses a resonant evil that the author still hasn’t fully explained. So my hope is there are many more books to come in this series.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Three Christmas stories that aren’t over the top sappy. They each deal with painful subjects but yet do end with satisfying conclusions.
Just Like the Ones We Used to Know
Angela Forrester became the foster mother to her childhood friends daughter when she decided drugs were more important than anything else. The girl has struggled in school and with fitting in and her only wish in life is to find her father. Angela knows who the father is but the circumstances of how she was conceived has Angela worried that Matt Jackson may not be so accepting of the daughter he never knew about. This was at times a heartbreaking view of having a mother and a friend that is an addict who has no desire to make any changes in her life not even for her daughter.
On a Snowy Christmas
Two people, who have both lost their spouses in death are now vying for the same political position, are on a small private plane going to a political function when it crashes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. These two have to depend on each other to survive and in the process learn that the other isn’t what they thought they were. But both have to put the ghost of the past to rest before even thinking about a relationship once they are rescued. This was a good story about two people in their 40’s who get a second chance at love but before that happens a shocking revelation has to be dealt with.
A Dundee Christmas
Cierra came to America from Guatemala to marry a man in his 70’s so she would be able to provide from her sisters back home. But before they can marry he dies of a stroke and she is now left penniless and without a visa in a strange country. She ends up in Dundee, Idaho hoping for a job but lands frozen on the doorstep of Ken Holbrook who cant turn this woman who is obviously in trouble away. This story shows the ugly side of what happens to women in third world countries when they don’t have male family to take care of them. I wish this one could have been a little longer or at least with a epilogue but it did end with a nice HPN.
Part 1 introduces us to the main players in the three part series. If you’ve read all of Kresley’s books you know she can write erotic sex scenes that were very apparent even in her earlier MacCarrick and Sutherland series. She also has a style that works well whether its in a paranormal or contemporary erotic book. I also don’t think she has ever written a man that I have not fallen into lust with while reading. That is certainly the case with Aleksandr Sevastyan. He is such a dark character but melts all my girly parts. Natalie Porter reminds me a bit of Regin with her snarky humor but I instantly liked her too. This was a very good start to the series and leaves you hanging at an inopportune moment of course but luckily we don’t have to wait long for the next installment.
LOVED this book.. You know you meet secondary characters in a book and they are so powerful that they almost over take that book and leave you really wanting their story. The author gave us that with this book and it was everything I’d hoped it be and more.
We met Marsh and Josie in Her Sanctuary (which I recommend reading before this one) and were left with huge unfinished business between these two. Both characters are so fascinating that you’re just drawn to them.
Josie Maxwell is a woman that has been through things that would have broken most women. She survived being carved up by a killer known as the Blade Hunter when she was small child. During this time her mother also left her and her father emotionally abused her until she ended up with a foster mother who showed her more love than she’d ever known in her life. She’s a bit of a chameleon with her emotions and in what she allows others to see. Now the Blade Hunter is back and is promising to finish what he started 18 years ago.
Marshall Hayes is a fairly straight and narrow FBI agent even though in the previous book he took some liberties with the law to make sure the heroine in that book stayed alive. This made him cross paths with Josie who is her best friend and during one night that was a combination of betrayal and also something else he realizes that Josie is probably the woman for him but his devotion to his job that stems from a tragedy in his own life made it impossible to see a future with her.
When the Blade Hunter makes an attempt on Josie’s life Marsh no longer stands on the sidelines. He will do everything within his power to protect Josie even if she wants nothing to do with him.
This book consisted of two mysteries that are weaved through the story along with the romance between Marsh and Josie. The killer was written with such brutality and obvious sickness that you were on the edge of your seat wondering what he was going to do next and who this person was that had a 18 year reign of killing women. From the opening scene I was turning the pages totally entranced in the story. I’ve loved all this authors books but at this moment this has to be my favorite.
From the splash of the opening scene you’re taken on a ride of multiple plots in this latest in the Broslin Creek series. I think the author must love the challenge of not just writing two suspenseful plots in one book but adds a third to keep you on your reading toes throughout the book. She does such a fabulous job of making these things all look like they have nothing in common and leaves you wondering where on earth she is going with things but never fear by the end she pulls all those plot points together.
Joe Kessler is a police officer with Broslin PD but lately has been doing undercover work in the next county trying to bring down rival gangs. When he’s nearly killed and injured he’s given some time off. But a couple of things interfere with that. One is an old friend is found murdered.
Wendy Belle is in an abusive relationship with the father of her young son. When her friend Sophie Curtis (from Deathrap) shows up right as things are escalating again she agrees to go with Sophie back to Broslin. Wendy and Joe had a one night stand three months ago and haven’t seen each other since so when Joe is assigned to watch her these two have a lot to work out all while trying to keep Wendy safe from her ex, figure out who murdered Joe’s friend and try and stop a gang war from happening.
I appreciated that the author chose to write Wendy in all the stages of an abused woman. First in denial but clearly having the classic self image issues and thinking she deserved or must have done something to provoke the abuse to realizing she needed to make big changes in her life and figure out who she was and what she wanted to be.
Been a fan of the Against series since the beginning. This book is the start of new set of books still in the Against series but is going to be about 3 brothers Dylan, Nick, and Rafe Brodie set in Alaska. Ian Brodie is there cousin and owns his own security firm in Washington and who this book is about.
Meriwether Jones hasnt had the best of luck in life. After her parents dies she was shuffled around in foster homes until she got placed in one with a woman who made sure she finished school and went to college. Even with the support she still made a mistake with a one-night stand that produced a daughter. She loves her daughter very much but the father is a drug addicted loser who wants money from her to support his habit. With almost no money to her name she takes her daughter and goes on the run and ends up in a small town in Washington before she runs out of gas and money.
Ian Brodie left his home at 18 and hasnt really been back since. After his mother died his father became a shell of the man he used to be and let the farm and the house get run down. Ian comes back to the ranch to get both back in shape. What he finds is the job is too much for just him and he needs to hire someone to clean up the inside of the house. He runs into a woman who is desperate for the job and decides to hire her even though he can tell she is running from something.
This biggest part of this story is all 4 of the characters are in need of the other. Ian’s father needs to deal with his grief and come back to the land of living and a 4 year old girl is the start of that. Meri is understandably not a trusting person after her past and even though she is attracted to Ian she struggles with opening herself up. Ian never really thought of marriage or children and certainly isnt looking for it but he cant deny that Mari and her daughter have captured his heart.
Second book in the Sugarland series is showing that this series is just as great and hopefully as long standing as the Firefighters of Station Five series was.
Detective Taylor Kayne is up to the plate in Hot Pursuit. We knew he had some demons from his past on the force in California and boy does his past come front and center.
This book was a blended amount erotic romance with lots of suspense and also with plenty of great characters. As with every book I’ve read of Jo Davis and her alter ego J.D. Davis I loved the story and the cast of characters she has in each book that just enriches the story that much more.
Jack and Lacey are back. We met these two in Kendra’s first book Hidden. They are at a resort scoping it out as a possible wedding venue when they find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation when a woman in a wedding dress is found floating in the resorts hot tub.
Even though this was a novella sized book we still got a good murder mystery to follow from all aspects – the interrogations to the autopsies. One thing Jack and Lacey can’t do is walk away from a murder and when they find out Jack’s old partner is the Chief of Police in the small town they decide to hang around and help solve the murder. Jack and Lacey work well together and are even closer after everything they went through in Hidden. It was great to get to revisit them again and follow them along on the investigation that has a few surprises along the way.
Dream a Little Dream – Jill Shalvis: Ian O’Mallery loves his job as a firefighter. He also loves Melissa Mann. They started out as friends with benefits and moved into a real relationship territory but Melissa has a fear of commitment and dumped Ian. When a fire in the complex where Melissa lives breaks out Ian is overwrought with worry to rescue her. For Melissa her brush with death has her reevaluating her thoughts on love and happily ever after. I instantly feel in love with Ian on the first page. Another great Lucky Harbor story.
Every Year – Kristen Ashley: We got to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the Allen family, Tack and Tyra and their two young ones Ryder and Cutter along with Rush and Tabby and Shy, and Shy’s brother Landon. Landon and Shy don’t know the meaning of a true family Christmas or the joys of exchanging and opening gifts. The Allen family welcomes them with open arms and they get to see what a Christmas spirit is all about. Loved it but it just made me want more Choas NOW!!
Silent Night – Hope Ramsay: This was like a modern day version of many Christmas themed songs or stories. Star of Bethlehem, Away in a Manger. Silent Night.. Very sweet story of two lost souls.
Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas – Molly Cannon: Lincoln’s mom hires a professional organizer to come clean up and organize his house before they arrive for Christmas. Lincoln is a bit shocked when he opens his door and here is this gorgeous woman dressed as an elf with the most vibrabrant personality. Lincoln is a bit of a scrooge at first but its not long before he not only appreciates how she is organizing his home but is also falling for her. Funny short story..
A Family for Christmas – Marilyn Pappano: Jared is a born and breed New Yorker. In a little act of rebellion he decides to take an Prediatric job opening in a small Oklahoma town. What he didn’t count on is a war widow name Ilena and her baby Juan capturing his heart and making him take a closer look at what he really wants out of life. Really liked this one..
And the plot thickens. I really liked the entire book but the ending and then the sneak peak at the next book were my favorite parts.
Little background about the series: Born and raised in a military camp 4 young boys each with differently super human capabilities were forced to train to be killers. They plotted there escape as adults and have been in hiding ever since trying to bring down the whole organization.
(possible spoilers if you haven’t read the first book)
Matt Dean is the oldest of the 4 and he has been protecting them all his life. In their continued search for the Dr that implanted them Matt has landed in Charmed, Idaho where they thing the Dr is. Outside of a bar in an alley Matt meets the owner of the bar and is not only immediately attracted to her but sees her as his cover while he tries to figure out which woman in the town is who he is looking for.
Laney Jacobs is a woman you can tell has some secrets she is hiding and the one thing she doesn’t need to is be attracted to a man when she may have to run at anytime. She also seems to have attracted a stalker that may be escalating.
As with the first book there are two story lines going on at the same time and how these two merged was a surprise. The author does a great job of giving us a little more of the puzzle pieces as we get each brother’s story but still leaves us with the overall cliffhanger that was started in the first book.
Now the next book in the series should give us a lot more information and Nathan’s sneak peak at the back of this book was torture knowing I’m going to have to wait until next year to read…
Nocturnes is a poignant love story. It’s both distressing and piercing with emotions and painful to read in what Rax and Eve go through.
We’ve watch Rax go off the rails in the previous two books. He is even more lost now that he’s lost his friendship with Toombs. He now drowns himself in booze still blaming everyone else for his predicament.
Eve had a dream when she was young. She wanted to be a ballet dancer, but when her Russian immigrant parents were killed by a drunk driver when she was young that ended that dream. She now dances in strip clubs and to get even more money she also has agreed to perform in a secret part of the club that requires her to do some unspeakable sexual acts. This is not the way she saw her life going but she wants the dream and in her mind that require money.
Rax met Lola (Eve’s striper name) before and never forgot her. When he sees her again in the strip club he has been frequenting to drown his sorrows in alcohol he wants one night with her. Problem is he is always falling down drunk when he meets her. Even though Eve has lowered her moral standards in many ways one she will not abide is being with a man who drinks.
There are plenty of shocking and heartbreaking scenes for most of this book. Lola who is the broken angel who with do anything for the right amount of money start to become at war with Ave the delicate orphan who wants a life that would make her parents proud. Rax is also at war with himself. He does remember the good times of his childhood with Toombs but his addiction keeps him from seeing where it all went wrong. He had a few lucid moments of wanting to change and to have a forever with Eve but he cant take the pain of being without alcohol long enough to make any good decisions. It takes a tragedy to Eve to finally get these two on the path to redemption. It’s a path they have to take separately but deep down they both hope it’s a path that will lead them back to each other.
This was a great conclusion to the series. Kendal can write sex scenes unlike any other but these books are not just about the cursing and shocking sex they have a very deep story at the core of them which to me showcases her talent as a writer.
The premise of this series is 5 dishonored soldiers who all went their separate ways after 6 of their fellow soldiers were killed in a mission of double cross. Nick Rixey has not really done a whole lot with his life since as he is still wallowing in the deep cut of betrayal from his Commander. He’s been living with his brother at Hark Ink, a tattoo shop, and occasionally doing a few tats himself.
When Becca Merritt walks into the shop and hands him a note from her missing brother his anger over her father being the one that betrayed them has him immediately sending her on her way. But the honor that he gained from being in the Army all those years has him making sure that there is no credence to her claims.
As it turns out there was. So Nick takes Becca into his care and makes the call to the 4 men he has been avoiding since their fubar mission. As this is the first book we get the background of what went down and find out a little about each man who even though at first are a little antagonistic towards one another it isn’t long before there comradery that they had when they fought together is back in full swing as they realize that the kidnapping of Becca’s brother holds the key to finally getting the black marks that are against them removed.
There were plenty of characters introduced that will be along in the series as they try to clear their name. Each character was likable and has you ready to read their story. The suspense plot of Becca’s dad betrayal and exactly how far up that went is not solved in this book but the romance between Nick and Becca (even though rushed for the sake of the book) was very hot but yet they didn’t jump right into bed as I think makes sense because for Nick this was the offspring of the man who ruined his life and even though he was attracted to her he was torn on trusting another Merritt.
Great start to the series and looking forward to more of the guys stories and finding out what really happened all those years ago.
Leanne Davis writes such emotional stories. In the first book of the series we met the siblings of John and Cassie and knew these two had some serious issues. This is their emotional journey to healing from extreme heartbreak and finding the courage to face insecurities that have defined who you show the world.
Luke Tyler lost his wife and their unborn child and sunk so far into a deep dark depression that his brother moved to Seaclusion to live with him to make sure his not wanting to live anymore did not cross over to reality. We saw signs of the real Luke when he befriended Cassie and her son in the previous book. But it was an illusion; he learned how to let people see what they want to see. When he was introduced to Cassie’s sister he instantly disliked the beautiful fashion model.
Kelly Reeves and her sister Cassie had a horrible childhood. Those circumstances made Cassie turn to alcohol and men to ease her pain. The one thing she tried to do through those years was to protect her sister and make sure that there circumstances didn’t taint her. Kelly left home and went to LA and managed to become one of the top fashion models. But the Kelly she lets the public eye see is not the real Kelly. Even though Cassie tried her hardest to protect Kelly there were times she couldn’t and things happened that left Kelly suffering from self-esteem issues that affect every aspect of her life. When she meets Luke she can see he is judging her based on her pictures and things the tabloids have said about her. Kelly also sees through Luke’s façade of making everyone think he is fine.
Kelly and Luke are left in charge of their nephew when John and Cassie go on their honeymoon. From here we get to go on the emotional healing journey of two characters. Is that healing a smooth process – no. Do both Kelly and Luke keep throwing up roadblocks to prevent that process – yes. Was it as a reader an incredibly journey from start to finish – yes. There are two more books in this series and I cannot wait to see what the author has in store for Sarah..
Nothing like trying to save your drug addicted twin sister by flushing the large quantity of drugs she has on her and getting busted by the DEA and arrested and the agent who arrest you is the guy you have been dating.
Heather Bannon and her twin are nothing alike. Heather has fought her whole life to become someone despite her childhood whereas her twin Lily chose the path of least resistance, drugs. In spite of all the problems that has caused Heather she still loves her sister and when she is kidnapped she will even go as far as working with her now ex DEA boyfriend Nick Morgan to try and get her back and to bring down the drug dealer that has her.
But alas all it not what it appears to be. There were many twists during this book some tragically so. I would have loved for there to have been a better wrap up at the end of the book but overall I liked it.