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Molly Gets Her Man – Julie Rowe – 3 stars

January 27, 2014 Entangled Publishing, Read in 2014, Sent 0

I received this book for free from the Author . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Molly Gets Her Man – Julie Rowe – 3 starsMolly Gets Her Man by Julie Rowe
Published by Entangled Publishing, Ignite on 2014-01-27
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, General, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 250
Format: eBook
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three-stars

When flaky Las Vegas hairdresser Molly McLaren overhears hears a Russian hit man planning to kill a US congressman and take out Hoover Dam in the process, she becomes a target for murder. Now, on the run from the assassin and a dirty cop, she winds up in an eighteen wheeler with an ex-cop sporting a bum leg, a bad attitude, and a body built for loving.Grey Wilson just wanted to be left alone. No more Las Vegas. No more casinos. And no more floozy women like the one his best friend sent him to pick up on the side of the road. She talks fast, but her endless curves and sensuous nature make him want to slow down. Which is not in the cards. Grey knows he needs to unload his excess baggage. And quick.But when someone tries to kill the Vegas beauty, Molly captures his heart with her backbone of steel, and brains to boot. Now in order to grasp the future that had once seemed impossible, Molly and Grey need to keep Hoover Dam, the congressman, and their love from being blown sky-high.

So what do you get when you mix a woman who thinks that negotiation and using your words is the way to solve things with a man who thinks that force and physicality are the best ways to get things done?  You end up with our pair, Grey and Molly…. You also end up with some moments where both of them need to have some sense smacked in to them.

Molly is having a really bad day.  I mean how else to describe a day where you just are there to give someone a haircut and end up overhearing a plot to kill a congressman?  She’s on the run and when her brother sends someone to protect her she ends up meeting a man who scares her at first but ends up being the thing she didn’t think she’d ever find.  I liked Molly during most of the book but I will tell you her tendency to talk and not completely think things thru did piss me off a couple of times.  She’s just not always using common sense even though she means well.  I get that you don’t like violence but to put yourself in the middle of things that not only put you in danger but put others in it just frustrated me.  I also liked how she did tend to recognize when she was making those mistakes but still couldn’t help herself and made them any way.

Grey was described as an amazingly big man and proved himself to be a gentle giant in many respects with her.  He does tend to act without thinking thru his actions but I didn’t find myself screaming at his actions as much as I did Molly’s.  He’s still coming to terms with the shooting that left him injured and off the force but while he does this he is still trying to investigate the drug dealer that played a role in his injury.  He’s very shocked by his reactions to Molly and when he claims her it is definitely a sexy time.

Overall this was a nice story with decent pacing but Molly’s tendency to act without thinking did piss me off a bit as I read it.  Also you have to suspend belief quite a bit as the pair gets to their “I love you”s very quickly but they do have fairly decent chemistry.  I guess part of me would’ve liked the story to take place over a bit longer time so we could see them together a bit more but unfortunately things don’t always work that way.  If you are looking for a quick read with a bit of heat but not too much then this is the story for you.  Quick pace and characters that are well defined with a bad guy you know from the first page make this a fun, sexy read.

Special thanks to Julie Rowe for giving me the chance to read this with no input on my review.  I can’t wait to see you again at RT in NOLA!

three-stars

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Redemption – Stephanie Tyler – 5 Stars – Contest!

November 18, 2013 Carina Press, Contest, Read in 2013, Sent 5

Redemption – Stephanie Tyler – 5 Stars – Contest!Redemption Published by Carina Press on November 18, 2013
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five-stars

Matthias Robichaud is looking for an alliance. The Defiance motorcycle club is a stronghold in the dangerous world that’s become the new norm and he’s driven to prove he’s tough enough to be sworn in as a full member. But when he sees a beautiful, spirited girl abducted by a rival MC, rescuing her jeopardizes all he’s worked for.

Politician’s daughter Jessa Everson knows what’s expected of her—obedience, loyalty and silence—but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fight when she’s kidnapped by the Lords of Vengeance. Having Matthias save her is like gaining an avenging angel in leather and tattoos. But Defiance is known for brutal justice, and she may have just traded one bad situation for another.

Matthias’s urge to protect is too strong to ignore, no matter how much trouble Jessa brings to Defiance’s gates. There’s no room in the post-Chaos world for weakness so if Matthias and Jessa have any chance of surviving, they’ll need to put their full strength behind the MC…and hope that the MC will do the same for them.

When I saw Stephanie talking with someone about Redemption and their thoughts after they read it…  I have to admit I might have begged a bit to get my hands on this one.  I loved Defiance and couldn’t wait for more from this intriguing world.  So when she was gracious enough to let me get my hands on it I was extremely gleeful and dived right in after I finished being a grownup and doing homework for college.. 😉

We met Matthias in Defiance and I found him to be someone I wanted to know more about so finding him as the hero of this one made me a very happy person.  We get to see that he is a man who is very willing to believe in magic, curses and the unexplained but we also get to see that the one people should perhaps be more afraid of is him…  not Bishop..  He’s slow to let his control go but when he does nothing can really bring him back until he releases this pent up aggression.  He doesn’t make apologies for being the way he is but he’s also someone that you would want in your corner because once he gives his loyalty to you it is an amazing thing.  He’s smart and amazingly sexy even though he doesn’t talk you can see the way he feels with everything he does.  When he meets Jessa all bets are off and anything that comes between him and his woman had better run in fear.  I loved how much he was willing to sacrifice for the good of his MC and her but found his friendship with Bishop to be more amazing than his relationship with Jessa.  They are truly a matched pair and seeing what both of them are willing to do for one another was beautiful.

Jessa made a lot of mistakes in this one.  She’s been misunderstood her entire life but she’s also been raised in a world of privilege and wealth the MC just can’t comprehend.  She’s led astray by her “husband” and ends up being rescued by our boys.  There is an instant attraction for Matthias that comes to fruition very quickly but for a woman who was almost raped and killed I could understand the need to ground oneself by using sex.  The good thing is that she recognizes that Matthias is special and even though she does make mistakes with him I didn’t want to slap her for them.  She’s got a major secret that could jeopardize everyone in the MC but when push comes to shove she does the right thing and lets them know what is brewing.  I loved her backbone when she discovered it but I adored when she apologized to Matthias for something stupid she says.

I can’t leave out Bishop… This man… *sigh* I’m beyond ready for his story and I know we are going to be dealing with his decision and the aftermath for a while.  He’s not going to be an easy man to fix once he comes back but I look forward to seeing how it plays out.  🙂

 

Thanks again to Stephanie for giving me the chance to read this with no expectation for review…  Feel free to drop anything else my way cause I really have enjoyed this series.  I need to go grab your backlist for other titles but ya know you can send the Defiance guys my way any time..

And because I love the story so much I’m going to give away…  2 copies of Redemption in either the Kindle or Nook formats.  All you need to do is leave a comment by 11/25/2013 at 11:59 pm Central Time to be entered.  Have you found that you’re enjoying some of the latest MC romances or??

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The Elf & The Ice Princess – Jax Garren – 4 stars

November 13, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

The Elf & The Ice Princess – Jax Garren – 4 starsThe Elf & The Ice Princess Published by Valkyrie Books on November 11, 2013
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four-stars

A frozen heart…
Three years ago, amid grief and defeat, the man who once made Carrie Martin believe in happily-ever-afters deserted her on New Year’s Day. Ever since, she’s seen no reason for holiday joy amid the materialism and chaos of the most stressful time of year. So when a tipsy guy in a mall elf costume falls into her lap at happy hour and starts spouting poetry, it’s just one more reason to be disgusted at the season’s excess.

A man who’s more than he appears…
Brett Virtanen, part-time elf and a caterer in training, is smitten with Carrie’s strength and sass. Having faced down a painful past of his own, he’s determined to be the one to warm her frozen heart. But when Carrie’s job forces her to attend a gala hosted by her ex–and his new wife–it could take more magic than a costumed elf can conjure to make this ice princess once again believe in love.

I’ve got to admit that I am a big Jax Garren fan and this story just adds to my collection of all things Jax writes.  When Jax told me she was writing another story and asked if I would like to read it my answer was of course YES!!!  I’m glad I had the chance to read this one early and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Carrie is just going through the motions required for the holiday season when at a bar she’s subject to the drunken antics of a man dressed in an elf costume for the local mall.  He ruins her sweater but she can’t help but enjoy his antics as he spouts poetry to her in his inebriated state.  When her job forces her to attend a party being held by the man who used to be her whole world until he was an asshole and kicked her to the curb when she was at her lowest point during the holidays, she’s understandably upset.  Add to this the fact that the drunken elf keeps surprising her with his spirit and joy for life, we end up with a heroine who just doesn’t know what to think or feel.  I liked Carrie’s confusion about our mystery elf but I most enjoyed that she was honest with him and herself about how conflicted she was at this point in her life.  I felt for her when you learn how badly her ex messed with her self-confidence and soul but cheered for her when she finally woke up and reached for something that, while scary, is the best risk she’ll ever take.

Brett is just a character.  In a great way he brings so much joy and life to the story that I can’t describe it and do it justice.  He’s such a fun character and seeing him work so hard to get Carrie to smile and start living again was just fun.  He can come across as a bit simple unless you pay attention.  This is a man who really embraces life and when he sees something that he wants will pursue it to the ends of the earth.  I’m not going to tell you much more than that about him because part of the fun of the story is getting to see who he is and what he really is made of.  He’s definitely a keeper and I’m happy that he understood that Carrie needed to make her own choices and to give her the time she needed.

Overall this is a very heartwarming story of finding something to believe in when you didn’t think there was anything left for you to enjoy.  I can’t thank Jax enough for giving me the chance to read this with no expectation of review.  I adored the story and her gift of it to me had no impact on my rating or review.

My only question for Jax is:

When can I expect more???  Ya know more Hauk/Jolie would be awesome but hey more stories period will work…  🙂

 

four-stars

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Taking Him – Jackie Ashenden – 5 Stars

November 11, 2013 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 0

Taking Him – Jackie Ashenden – 5 StarsTaking Him Published by Samhain on November 12, 2013
Pages: 209
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Behind every hero is the damage that made him.

Lies We Tell, Book 1

Computer game designer Ellie Fox can’t wait to start her new job in Japan. But first there’s one loose end in Auckland she needs to tie up: her obsession with her older brother’s best friend, Hunter Chase.

She’s sick of being “kid zoned”. It’s time to make like one of her kick-ass computer game heroines and take matters into her own hands. Except when she finally has Hunter where she wants him, her hands are the last thing he’ll let her use.

Hunter works hard at running the construction firm he co-owns with his friend, and at keeping his distance from his dysfunctional family. Control is his linchpin, but there’s just one spanner in the works—Ellie.

The girl he always looked out for suddenly seems determined to make him see her as a woman. But with a past darker than the angel wings tattooed on his back, the safest place for her is just beyond arm’s length. Or the next heart to suffer damage could be hers.

Warning: Contains a tortured hero, a determined heroine, cosplay kink, and a twisted twist that could cause mental whiplash. Line to the WTF Infirmary forms on the right.

So this summer I was watching the Twitter conversations of a couple authors and became intrigued by the hashtag they were using….  #dirtyeffingvirginhero… as I watched them banter back and forth it became very apparent that I needed to read more about this dirty man and I might have done a bit of begging.  Not too much but you know a bit of begging for a copy of this virgin hero..  Thankfully Jackie was nice enough to give in to my begging and send me this amazing book.  The partner in crime on this was her buddy Maisey Yates who made sure that we all got to see the hashtag and become very interested in this title.  So thanks to Jackie and Maisey for getting him in my line of sight and making me want this ASAP.

 

Ellie has loved her brother’s best friend for years and it hasn’t been made any easier by the fact that he keeps showing up to pull her out of situations he brother feels are inappropriate or ones that he can’t control.  She’s moving to Tokyo in a few weeks so figures that this final bit of distance will help her move on from something that never started no matter how badly she wanted it to.  Her brother ends up sending Hunter to pick her up from a convention and she can’t resist pushing Hunters’ buttons one last time but ends up getting more than she thought when he finally does realize she is not only a woman but one he wants with a fierce intensity.  As she battles his demons to get to know the real him there are times when she’s hurt to the extreme but I loved how she picked herself up and stood up for not only herself but for him.  She’s strong and is willing to fight for the man she knows he is and not the man he thinks he is.  I loved her humor, strength and compassion which are all needed to deal with him.

 

Hunter…  Ahhhhh sexy tormented Hunter…  how much I loved your need to make Ellie yours while at the same time being tormented by the belief that you weren’t the one for her.  You are an amazing man beneath the surface and watching you fight your demons was heartbreaking but gorgeous.  You want to be the one constantly in control but have found the one woman who you can’t control no matter how much you try.  I adore your heart and the fact that you tried so hard to keep away from Ellie knowing that you would cause her pain if you gave in even more than you were already doing by keeping her away from you.  You love hard when you fall and seeing her get you to understand your past was incredibly painful but oh so wonderful!  You needed someone who wasn’t afraid of taking you on and making you finally face the nightmare you lived for so many years.  Your tattoo is beautiful even with the ugliness that drove you to it.  I’m proud of what you accomplished and look forward to seeing more of your growth if Jackie will write us a bit more…  *hint hint*

 

Again special thanks to Jackie for giving me a copy of this to drool over and cry a bit while reading.   She had no expectation of review and in no way colored my thoughts.  I loved my damaged hero Hunter and hope everyone else will enjoy him as much as I did.   And…  Yes he is a dirty dirty boy…  😉

five-stars

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A Holiday Christmas – Heather Lire – 5 Stars

November 1, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 1

A Holiday Christmas – Heather Lire – 5 StarsA Holiday Christmas Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on November 1, 2013
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There's magic in the air this Christmas Season in Holiday.

Averie Baldwin wants nothing to do with men. But her family and friends are determined she won't spend her first Christmas back in Holiday, Vermont alone. So far she’s managed to avoid all their attempts to set her up on dates. Until she’s chosen to represent the school district in the town's annual Christmas play...with the sexiest man she's ever seen.

Corey Evans has a job he loves, great friends and a loving, if interfering family, but something is missing. When Averie shows back up in town he knows exactly what he needs in his life. Her. Getting to know her however has proven difficult, until they are thrown together on the annual Christmas play.

I’m going to keep this review short and sweet just like the story.  I love Heather’s stories and am ready for her to give me more (Hint Hint).

Averie is a bit gun shy when it comes to men.  She isn’t really looking for a relationship but finds herself drawn to a local lawman who makes her wonder if maybe she should give having a man another chance.  She’s a sweet person who has a hard time letting her walls down but with him something just feels right.  She’s so willing to give of herself but it was nice to see someone want to give her the world and really get her.

Corie hasn’t had a perfect life no matter what the outside world thinks.  He’s a man who was abandoned by his family and lucky enough to land in the arms of a family who made him feel like maybe he wasn’t disposable after all.  He’s extremely loyal to them and when things happen that shake him to his core it causes him to have to rethink what he knew and what he knows now so he can have a future with the woman who has intrigued him from the moment he first saw her.  When we start this story we get to see two people who aren’t quite sure exactly who they are as individuals but as they spend more and more time around each other they sense what they can be  together.  I liked how willing he was to take things at her pace no matter what his body was telling him.  He’s such a sweet man and seeing him fall for her was fun.  I also loved how both of them became such a team in a very short time.

There are some moments that are a bit tough but you get to see what they are both made of in those moments and they end up meaning the world to both of them.  I can’t say enough to tell you to pick up this series for sweet romances with characters you really get behind.  I love that Heather has been wonderful enough to share these with me in hopes that I would love them like she loved writing them.

I have to say this but even though Heather was nice enough to provide this to me for review this has no bearing on my ratings.

five-stars

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Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 stars

September 8, 2013 Carina Press, Contest, Read in 2013, Sent 3

Birthday Week Giveaway 1 – Forbidden Obsessions – Jodie Griffin – 4.5 starsForbidden Obsessions Published by Carina Press on September 9, 2013
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four-half-stars

Book four of Bondage & Breakfast

Bondage & Breakfast was a safe place for couples to explore BDSM—until an arsonist almost destroyed it. While the inn is closed for repairs, owner Gabe McConnell allows injured firefighter Olivia Watterson to stay and recover as a favor to a mutual friend. His attraction to her is unexpected and intense—but there's no way she's strong enough for the type of play he demands from a sub.

When she arrives at the inn, Liv is shocked—and intrigued. Her unanticipated obsession with the sexy, skilled Dom makes her all the more impatient with her slow recuperation. Even more frustrating is the way Gabe handles her like fragile glass, and she's determined to prove she's anything but by pushing her body to the limit.

Holding back should be easy for Gabe, but the more Liv challenges his limits, the more he craves her, body, mind and heart…

Welcome to the first of a few giveaways in honor of my birthday later this week.  I’ve also decided to make this a week where we celebrate the existence of my blog that is just over a year old but ya know I’m a bit busy with school and work so I decided let’s make it easy…  Celebrate both the same week!  WOOOHOOOO!!!  So enjoy the posts this week and be sure to enter the giveaways.  This one will run for only a few days as I’d like to get it in your hands on release day so…

 

My Thoughts:

I have to say I have enjoyed every book in this series and like most people have been waiting on Gabe’s story.  He’s been a wonderful presence in all the other stories so you can’t help but want him to find his own lady love.

Liv decides to take an offer of a place to stay and rest/recuperate from a friend of a friend.  She knows the place was a sort of BDSM getaway for those in the lifestyle who wanted somewhere they could play in safety and learn from a man with a great reputation for teaching/nurturing healthy relationships in the lifestyle.  She’s still coming to terms with her accident and trying to figure out where she goes from here but also is terrified because she is dealing with some lingering issues that could cause everything she ever worked for to be permanently wiped away.  I liked her strength and the fact that she never made things easy for Gabe but instead stood up for herself as she wanted to be treated as if she never had the accident.  This does lead to some stupidity on her part of pushing her body harder than it needed to be and not asking for help from a man she’s drawn to in spite of her inner reservations.  She’s smart, strong and a perfect match for a man who needs someone that submits to him but also is a true equal to him outside of the bedroom.

Gabe has intrigued me from book one as we’ve seen this intense Dom guide our other couples to a happy place in their relationships.  He’s a bit disconcerted by the fire and incidents that happened in the last book which has left him wondering what exactly he wants to do with his life.  He’s wrongly blaming himself for the events in the last title and to see this strong man wondering if his instincts are wrong about everything around him was a bit hard at times to stomach.  I loved how he wanted to push her but at the same time needed to make sure that she properly recovered from her accident.  This of course leads to some major conflict between the two of them which results in a good grovel scene late in the book.  Gabe is to me the prime example of what a Dom should be – caring, controlled, passionate and growly.  He’s always been the one with the answers and seeing him realize he doesn’t have to be but can share his fears and joys with a true partner was a lot of fun.

These two are perfect together and I cannot thank Jodie enough for letting me get my greedy hands on it early.  Now for the good stuff…

So…  this releases on September 9th, 2013 and in honor of its release I’ve decided to give 5 lucky commentors a Kindle or Nook version of this book.  

My question for you is – What do you think makes a good Dom or Alpha hero in romance stories?

Contest entries must be in by 1 PM US Central on September 9, 2013 in order to be counted.  Please leave me your preferred format in your comment so I can send them out as soon as possible once the winners are determined.  🙂

Good luck!!

four-half-stars

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Beyond Pain – Kit Rocha – 5 stars

August 23, 2013 Read in 2013, Sent 0

Beyond Pain – Kit Rocha – 5 starsBeyond Pain on August 26, 2013
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A woman with no future…

Live fast, die young–anything else is a fantasy for Six. She’s endured the worst the sectors had to throw at her, but falling in with Dallas O’Kane’s Sector Four gang lands her in a whole new world of danger. They’re completely open about everything, including their sexuality–but she hasn’t survived this long by making herself vulnerable. Especially not to men as dominant as Brendan Donnelly.

A man without a past…

Bren is a killer, trained in Eden and thrown to the sectors. His one outlet is pain, in the cage and in the bedroom, and emotion is a luxury he can’t afford–until he meets Six. Protecting her soothes him, but it isn’t enough. Her hunger for touch sparks a journey of erotic discovery where anything goes–voyeurism, flogging, rough sex. He has only one rule: he won’t share her.

In Bren’s arms, Six is finally free to let go. But his obsession with the man who made him a monster could destroy the fragile connection they’ve forged, and cost him the one thing that makes him feel human–her love.

My Thoughts:

I’m going to feel a bit traitorous when I state this but Bren just pushed himself to the top of my O’Kane yummy men list.  I know I feel guilty because Ace has been my number one man so far but Bren is just something else as we get to follow him and his wonder at finding the woman who is his perfect match.

There was something amazing about watching these two extremely damaged souls find one another and help each other realize they were worth love and trust.  I adored how Six became more self-aware that things didn’t have to just be about power and abuse but that power could be wielded in such a way that all parties benefited.  She had and still has so much to learn about life outside of being an object and I’m going to love to see more of her as the series goes on.  I think that the fact she’s been to hell and back will help the O’Kanes survive the changes that are coming to the Sectors and will become an asset to Dallas/Lex as they continue to fight to keep the family safe.  She gets to heal in a lot of ways with a man that always seems to understand what she needs even at a time when she wasn’t certain.  Watching her gain confidence under his loving attention and assistance made me smile but man did I cry a bit when he was an idiot and almost cost them both everything.  She’s strong with major issues but with her past I could understand them and like the others I wished that we could kill Trent many more times over.

Watching our resident strong silent man Bren show his soft side was amazing.  He still has all these rough edges but with Six they bleed out and show how much he truly cares for the woman he sees under the scars.  He does so many things to show her that she’s worthy of all the good that is coming her way and provides a needed level of faith in her abilities that gives her the boost she needs to grasp at a new life with both hands.  Unfortunately he doesn’t see himself in the same light and almost lets his own past bring them both down.  Thankfully Mad helps out at a crucial moment but I think the thing that made it work for me is Bren took a step back at a crucial moment to let Six be her own person even though as a reader it killed me.

Once again Kit gives us amazing sexual tension and scenes that will make you need an ice bath but with a story that keeps you engrossed from moment to moment.  Sex is in the books but the story is more than that.  We have a world that is incredibly complex and seeing glimpses of what is to come keeps us on our toes.  I must admit I wouldn’t be upset at all if the next one magically appeared on my Kindle today…  *Hint Hint*

 

Thanks to Kit Rocha for being generous enough to give me a chance to get my greedy hands on it before it went live in hopes of a review.  Note- She didn’t tell me what to write or think on this review but I think knows I am a major fan of this series.  🙂

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Diamond Dust – Vivian Arend – 5 stars

August 21, 2013 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 0

Diamond Dust – Vivian Arend – 5 starsDiamond Dust Published by Samhain on August 20, 2013
Pages: 273
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She can’t shift, but she can shake their world.

Caroline Bradley is having one hell of a week. Her wolf lover has sniffed out his mate, making her an instant free agent. Not only that, Takhini territory has been overrun with aggressive bear-shifters electing a clan leader, and the wolf pack is feeling the effects—pushing her diplomatic skills to the limit.

Tyler Harrison is a grizzly on a mission. If he’s going to win the majority of the bears’ votes, he needs one final thing: a female companion. The only woman in town with influence over wolves, humans, and more bears than he’d like to admit, is Caroline.

Despite the sexual pull between them, though, Tyler’s not seeking a permanent relationship. And Caroline isn’t looking to be anyone else’s political pawn. But she should have remembered that when shifters are involved, changes happen in the blink of an eye.

Warning: Billionaire bear hero plus kick-ass human heroine equals a sexually volatile power struggle. Get ready for what might be the naughtiest game of tag that’s ever been played in the great outdoors.

My Thoughts:

Ok my fan-girl crush on Vivian Arend continues with this latest installment in the Takhini Wolves series.  I mean seriously I can’t wait until the RT convention in New Orleans to get a chance to see her in person again.  I have to say there was a part of me to see Evan and Caroline part ways even though I knew it was coming I was happy to see her get what she truly deserved.  Now when are we getting Evan???  Huh?  Huh?  I mean come on…  LOL  I also have to mention that I’m glad Lillie pushed Viv to write a book with BEARS!!!  Cranky, grumbly BEARS!!!!  Did I mention BEARS??  Oh sorry lost my train of thought there…

When Evan scents his true mate Caroline knows things are going to change but she isn’t aware yet how big the changes are.  She finds out about Evan after she gets caught in an embarrassing situation and is helped out by a man who she is definitely instantly attracted to.  She thinks it can’t go anywhere because of her arrangement with Evan but when circumstances change she decides to roll with it and maybe have a bit of fun with this stranger.  She’s disappointed when the shifter in question marginalizes their attraction and claims that she is there as a political ally and this is going to be a business only arrangement.  Maybe it is time for her to take the time off away from things once this week is up and re-group to figure out what path she should take now.  She’s so used to either doing things for someone else she loves/cares about or being used by others to improve the situation for themselves that she just wants someone or something just for her.  I liked getting to see behind the facade she presents in order to survive being a full-human in the company of shifters and really appreciated how she tried to draw the lines with her grumpy bear at the beginning.  She isn’t being heartless but trying to protect herself from wanting to have something more than what is being presented to her.  She’s strong with a huge heart that has been hidden from everyone for years out of self-preservation.

Tyler is intrigued by a woman who he found in the hot tub of his hotel suite.  He can’t afford to get distracted right now as he needs to win the bear conclave’s leadership vote but something about her calls to him.  When he finds out who she is and exactly how good she is at shifter politics he has to have her on his side.  He also wants to engage in some healthy side activities but is positive it will just be for the week of the conclave and nothing more.  He isn’t looking for anything permanent but as he spends more time around Caroline he finds himself getting thoughts that he never expected.  This is compounded by the fact that his bear is incredibly drawn to this feisty woman and others at the conclave have doubts about him being a good leader since he isn’t attached.  As we get to know him we see him struggle with what is considered acceptable in bear society as he is confronted by a woman who demands to know why bears love to claim instinct versus humanity.  As he looks at bear culture from this new vantage point he is ashamed of what he sees and is willing to stand up finally to this old pattern.  I loved how he struggled initially with what to do to make Caroline happy but he did truly listen to what she was saying it just didn’t always sink in quickly.  He has so much growth from the initial man who honestly wanted to do nothing more than look at life as a business to a man who lets himself love and live life outside of work hours.  I adored his cranky attitude at the beginning and how Caroline wouldn’t accept this from him.

This is a pair that is truly well-matched and I cannot wait to get glimpses of them in the future but…  ahem…  now when do we get Evan’s story again?  Oh…  and when can we have more BEARS!!!!!!  😉

Special thanks to Fatin who contacted me on behalf of Viv to see if I wanted an ARC of this title..  I really appreciated it and ummmmm just assume yes to anything by Viv you ever get in your hands again.  I’ll take em…  🙂

 

 

 

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Masked Cowboy – Sarah M Anderson – 4 stars

August 5, 2013 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 2

Masked Cowboy – Sarah M Anderson – 4 starsMasked Cowboy Published by Samhain on August 6, 2013
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four-stars

He hides from the world…but he can’t hide from her.

Men of the White Sandy, Book 2

Moving her veterinary practice out west is a chance for Mary-Beth to start over. But her resolve to learn to hold her tongue goes out the window when she meets Jacob, a Lakota cowboy who says next to nothing—especially about the black leather mask covering half his face.

Sometimes he seems to be almost flirting. Other times, it’s as if he’s angry she exists. But there’s no mistaking the heat that flares between them.

Jacob still isn’t sure who—or what—carved up his face and killed his best friend three years ago. All he knows is the thing was after a child he now hides with his silence. A medicine woman’s granddaughter he would die to protect.

Outspoken, sexy Mary Beth reminds him of how lonely his life has become. But he can’t forget how much he stands to lose if any distraction allows a monster to rise again and destroy the last hope of his people.

Warning: This book contains a masked cowboy with a lot to hide, a woman who shoots her mouth off at all the wrong times, and the wanton destruction of a certain pair of panties during explosive sex.

My Thoughts:

Just like Mystic Cowboy Sarah takes us back to the White Sandy in Masked Cowboy.  We get to see Rebel and Madeline again but this is about Jacob and his lady-love Mary-Beth with a side visit to the reservation.  We get to see who has been behind the poisonings and find out more about the town that surrounds the reservation.

Mary-Beth has always kept moving away from things that seem too much like relationships.  She always leaves her romantic entanglements and isn’t looking for anything other than the chance to get her new veterinary practice off the ground away from everyone she knows.  When she gets to see the show that a masked cowboy puts on she’s incredibly drawn to this mysterious sexy man but is more intrigued by the little girl she sees him pick up.  Who is this little girl and how can she help with her?  As she gets drawn in to the mystery of poisoned animals and the little girl she also finds herself spending more time with a man who gets under her skin in a way she never has experienced.  I liked how outspoken she was and especially appreciated how much she was unwilling to let Jacob treat her as if she didn’t matter.  She pushed him to open up to her but in a way that you were rooting for and not one that turned you off.  My heart broke for her at the end but man Jacob knew what to do even if it didn’t seem like it at first.

Jacob is obviously hiding something as he wears a mask but he also keeps to himself and doesn’t let many people close to him since the incident that left him scarred.  He’s got a child no one knew about and is working for a man no one likes but there has to be more to the story than people understand.  What we find out is a man who is stuck in a holding pattern protecting everything he holds dear from a man bent on destroying the reservation.  He hides behind the mask because of the damage he sustained when he lost his first and only love but also uses it as a crutch to keep others at bay.  He’s determined to keep Mary-Beth at a distance because he doesn’t believe himself worthy of love but after a stormy interlude in a remote cabin he just can’t do it.  When the worst thing imaginable almost happens to Mary-Beth he reacts in such a heart-warming way that you can’t help but want him for yourself.  The level of trust he puts in her very early on was amazing and seeing her return his trust with equal abandon was wonderful even as they both kept a bit distant.  Your heart will break for the hell he has been through at the hands of an insane individual but will sing when you see him let Mary-Beth in.

This is a couple who don’t have an easy path to love but it is a love you know will last as it is built on mutual respect and need plus a good dose of friendship.  I cannot thank Sarah enough for sharing a copy of this with me early for review as I really enjoyed it.  I’m ready for more in the series especially…  Nobody!!!

four-stars

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Pitch Perfect – Sierra Dean – 5 stars

August 5, 2013 Read in 2013, Samhain, Sent 0

Pitch Perfect – Sierra Dean – 5 starsPitch Perfect Published by Samhain on August 6, 2013
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five-stars

She’d be the perfect catch if he could take his eye off the ball.

Emmy Kasper knows exactly how lucky she is. In a sport with few opportunities for women at the pro level, she’s just landed her dream job as head athletic trainer for the San Francisco Felons baseball team. Screwing up is not an option.

She’s lost in thought as she pedals to the spring training facility, her mind abuzz with excitement as she rounds a corner—and plows head-on into two runners. The end of her career dances before her eyes when she realizes she’s almost run over the star pitcher.

As Tucker Lloyd watches the flustered Emmy escape with his bandana tied around her skinned knee, the view is a pleasant change from worrying about his flagging fastball. At thirty-six, the tail end of his career is glimmering on the horizon. If he can’t pull something extraordinary out of his ball cap, the new crop of rookies could make this season his last.

The last thing either of them needs is a distraction.

The last thing either of them expects is love.

Warning: Contains a down-on-his-luck pitcher, a good-girl athletic therapist, chemistry that’s out of the park and sexy times that’ll make them round all the bases.

My Thoughts:

I have to thank Sierra right off the bat for giving me the chance to read this book as I adored the chemistry you feel from the beginning between the main pair.  You also get some lovely secondary characters that I am beyond ready for their stories (hint hint).  Add to this the fact that she captures a loyal Cubs fan perfectly and man I was in love.

Emmy is ecstatic to finally be a head athletic trainer.  She’s always wanted it and has worked very hard to get where she is in a world dominated by men.  She’s a bit distracted and plows into two baseball players as she turns a corner one of which is her team’s star pitcher.  As she starts working with him on his rehab she gets a complication she doesn’t want but can’t avoid – she’s attracted to him on both a physical level and more importantly an emotional one.  She’s involved with someone but as she and Tucker spend more time together the lines keep getting blurred.  Thankfully both of them really do work hard to keep the relationship on the up and up while she is still “technically” with someone else and when she finally lets the hammer fall on the old relationship all bets are off.  I liked that she didn’t want to trade on her dad’s fame and that she really did understand that it was what people would try to focus on in addition to being female.  She’s smart and very loyal to those around her even if they don’t deserve it.

Tucker is at a point in his career where he is wondering if this will be his last year or can his body withstand another year doing the thing he loves.  He isn’t looking for a relationship but is instantly attracted to Emmy and wants to find out where it could lead.  When he finds out she is taken he respects the boundaries while pushing them as  much as he can.  He knows the relationship she has is a dead one and not truly a happy one but he does respect it even as he develops a friendship with her while making it clear he wouldn’t mind it becoming more.  I liked how much he was willing to put himself out there for her and man when the relationship was kaput he turned on the heat.  He’s such a good guy that you want him for yourself.  I also appreciated how he took Emmy’s professional advice and really used it to help his career continue.

This is a good pairing that you will love watching build up via friendship and flirting to something that will definitely withstand the rigors of MLB and time.  Thanks again to Sierra for giving me the chance to read this in exchange for my honest review.  I wouldn’t complain if anything else in this series “accidentally” ended up in my mailbox.  Again…  HINT HINT!  🙂

 

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