Review & Excerpt: LIGHTING GAME (A GhostWalker Novel Book 17) by Christine Feehan

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Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

F0F2F15B-9972-48BC-8A90-CE5391BEABE1Danger and passion fuse in this electrifying GhostWalker novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan.

GhostWalker Rubin Campo’s rough upbringing made him into the man he is today: strong, steadfast and wary of outsiders. When he and his brother return to their family’s homestead in the Appalachian Mountains, he can immediately sense that a stranger has taken up residence in their cabin—a woman who just happens to be a GhostWalker too.

Jonquille looks deceptively delicate but is clearly a fighter. She also doesn’t seem to care that Rubin could kill her where she stands. She sought him out, wanting to connect on their shared interest in electrical charges. As one of the first failed GhostWalker experiments, Jonquille can produce lightning with her body—but she can’t control it.

Their connection is magnetic, their abilities in sync. Rubin knows she’s his match, the answer to a lifetime of pain and intense loneliness. But Jonquille came to him with hidden intentions, ones that threaten to destroy their bond before it can truly begin.…

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I’ll admit upfront that although I have enjoyed this series, it had become a bit predictable. I am happy to say that this installment felt new and fun. Even Jonquille’s flashbacks had a different feel that I liked.

For those that read my reviews, you know that I love group camaraderie and easy banter. I think that is why I loved this book from the start. Rubin and his brother, Diego have an easy banter with a give-and-take relationship that pulled me in. I wondered how Jonquille would mesh with that but needn’t have worried. She fit right in and they became a group of three that made me want to join them.

The romance part moved slowly and culminated in a sparking sexual encounter late in the book. I honestly didn’t miss it as it moved in a logical pace for all the background story going on. Most of the book was just the three of them which helped with their bonding. Happily, the rest of the Ghostwalkers made an appearance later. (I just love the group.)  The storyline kept me wondering and guessing at what was happening and who was the bad guy in play. I do wish the resolution of that part of the storyline wasn’t so easy. It was a bit of a letdown after the buildup. Not enough to make me lower my score, but it is a point I want to make.

I loved it and can’t wait for the next book. I hope its about Diego and includes some of the new players.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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Rubin turned to look at his brother, not knowing how to feel about someone invading their cabin and actually working on it. No one had ever done anything to the Campo cabin other than a Campo. He stepped into the middle of the room and took a long, slow look around, taking in everything. His brother took his back, doing the same. It was a familiar position, but they were looking at a very unfamiliar cabin.

Their cabin didn’t even smell the same. Coral honeysuckle was rare to find in the mountains and yet the cabin definitely held the subtle fragrance mixed strangely enough with the scent of daffodils. His mother called them jonquils. All along the neighboring holler where they grew freely, they referred to them as Easter lilies. There was no hint of a musty smell at all. The loft held a new mattress. He could tell because it didn’t stink of the usual rodents that had burrowed their way inside the foam. A sleeping bag covered the top of the mattress.

Someone hadn’t been taking things from their cabin. Someone was living there. That someone was female. There were no flowers, but that fragrance told both men the occupant was a woman.

“I’ll get rid of any sign outside that we were anywhere near the place,” Diego said.

Rubin nodded. He was uneasy. When he was uneasy, it usually meant something was very wrong. “Be careful, Diego. I’ve got a bad feeling.”

“I’ve got the same bad feeling. Stay away from the windows.”

Rubin didn’t need the warning. He waited until his brother had slipped outside. Once Diego was out of the cabin, he felt better. He had never seen anyone who could match his brother’s ability in the forest. At least he knew Diego would be safe. He crouched low, squatting, the way his father had taught him, relieving pressure on his spine while he studied the interior of the cabin, inspecting every corner.

The floors were spotless. There was a handwoven rug at the foot of the ladder leading to a loft where the bed was. Four years earlier, they had roughed in a shower and toilet. It had been very rough. They had been used to an outhouse and an outdoor shower when they came to the mountains. The shower was still open, but it was much nicer. The floor of the shower had been set in smooth, polished stones over the plastic around the drain they’d roughed in. They had packed in a brand-new porcelain toilet when they came that year and it was spotless.

The kitchen sink was immaculate. The small gas stove had been thoroughly cleaned. That had been brought up only last year. Ordinarily, they made do with a small grill they kept in the shed around back. The woman who was living in their cabin believed in cleanliness. She hadn’t made things worse, but she had made changes to the kitchen and the bathroom, and even fixed the ladder going to the loft.

Rubin glanced up at the ceiling. They were planning on reroofing this trip. There had been water damage and they hadn’t been able to do more than patch the roof before they had to leave last time. There were no water marks on the ceiling. The wood had been replaced. That wood had been there since he was born. Even with water stains, his father and brothers had hauled that wood from the forest, trimmed it, notched it and put it in place. It had lasted all these years. An outsider had taken it down and replaced it. It didn’t matter that she’d done a damn good job. That was part of his family legacy—all he and Diego had left other than the graveyard behind the cabin.

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image#1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan has over 40 novels published, including four series. Each of her four series has hit #1 on the NY Times. Her debut novel Dark Prince received 3 of the 9 Paranormal Excellence Awards in Romantic Literature for 1999. Since then she has been published by Leisure Books, Pocket Books, and currently is writing for Berkley/Jove. She also has earned 7 more PEARL awards.

She is pleased to have made numerous bestseller lists including the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA Today, Bookscan, B. Daltons, Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Waldenbooks, Ingrams, Borders, Rhapsody Book Club, Washington Post, and Walmart. She has received numerous honors throughout her career including being a nominee for the RWA’s RITA. She has received a Career Achievement Award from Romantic Times and the Borders 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.

She has been published in multiple languages and in many formats, including large print, palm pilot, e-book, and hardcover. In October of 2007 her first manga comic, Dark Hunger was released in stores. This was the first ever manga comic released by Berkley Publishing and it made #11 on Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller’s List. Her ground-breaking book trailer commercials have been shown on TV and in the movie theaters. She has been featured on local TV, appeared on the The Montel Williams Show, and her book Dark Legend was featured on the cover of Romantic Times Magazine.

Christine Feehan has also appeared at numerous writers’ conventions and book signings including: Romantic Times Convention, Get Caught Reading at Sea Cruise, Celebrate Romance Conference, Emerald City Conference, and numerous Romance Writers of America Conferences.

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Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway: SAVAGED ILLUSIONS: The Complete Series by Jennifer Lyon

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SAVAGED ILLUSIONS: The Complete Series by Jennifer Lyon

Publication Date: February 22, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

1F1053EB-7114-4290-9819-A4EB8522359CSavagely sexy rock star romance trilogy all in one set!

Justice Cade is leading his rock band to superstardom, but when he falls in love with Liza Cade, will her secrets destroy them all?

Book one, SAVAGED DREAMS

Ambitious and sexy lead singer Justice Cade has one goal—to take his band, Savaged Illusions, to international rock star fame. But when the fiery college-intern Liza Glasner captures his heart, he soon learns she has a dark secret that compels her to avoid the limelight. The revelation of Liza’s true identity forces Justice to choose between the woman he loves and the stardom he craves. The wrong choice could be deadly.

Book two, SAVAGED VOWS

Dating a rock star nearly got Liza killed. Now that the world knows her true identity, danger stalks her relentlessly. But she loves Justice too much to leave him. A surprise pregnancy leads to a secret marriage and festering doubts. Justice struggles to balance the wife he loves, impending fatherhood, and the battle to take his band to stardom. As he reaches the very pinnacle of success, secrets and betrayals explode in a heartbreaking twist that threatens to rip Justice and Liza apart forever.

Book three, SAVAGED DEVOTION

Losing Liza taught Justice that love is more important than fame. He risks everything to win her back, and he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe. Justice’s fierce devotion helps Liza recover from a devastating loss and grow strong enough to stop hiding in the shadows. Together, Justice and Liza burst onto the world stage to face down the man who tormented her for a decade. Will their love triumph or will Liza’s old enemy tear them apart in the most permanent way possible—death?

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Cori 5 Stars

I loved this story so much! SAVAGED ILLUSIONS is a complete trilogy available in this box set. It’s a hot rock star romance with danger, raw emotion, and smoking hot romance. Jennifer Lyon ripped my heart out and then handed it back to me at the end of the story. It gave me all the feels! Whether she’s writing contemporary romance or paranormal romance Jennifer Lyon always delivers a great love story. I highly recommend anything she writes. She’s one of my favorite authors and her books get moved to the top of my TBR pile as soon as they’re available. Go grab a copy of SAVAGED ILLUSIONS and fall in love with Justice!

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Jennifer Lyon is the pseudonym for USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Apodaca. Jen has published more than twenty books and novellas, won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages.

Jen lives in Southern California with her husband. Together, they raised three amazing sons, welcomed three lovely daughters-in-law and an adorable grandson. Jen loves reading, vacations at the beach or wine tasting, and making friends with any dog she sees. But her passion is writing about characters who must surmount impossible odds and make tough choices to prove themselves worthy of love. In the evening, her husband lures her away from the computer with a glass of wine and the company of the man who is her happily ever after.

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Release Blitz & Review: WHOLE LOTTA LOVE by Erika Kelly

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WHOLE LOTTA LOVE (A Calamity Falls Novel Book 8) by Erika Kelly

Publication Date: February 18, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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4CF9472B-B188-4BF7-8368-B46A0A98B0B2Sparks fly when opposites are forced to live together in this steamy, small town romance standalone.

Lulu Cavanaugh’s career went up in smoke.

The moment Lulu lost her job running the fanciest restaurant on Maui, the chef threw herself into recovery mode. She’s pitched a cooking show to be filmed in her Wyoming hometown, hoping the on-screen visibility will pave the path for a future chef de cuisine job.

Alexander Wilder’s career flamed out.

An injury sidelined the quarterback’s promising career, but Xander is determined to find his way back to the gridiron. Rehabbing at a world famous clinic in Calamity, Wyoming, he’s approached by a producer to host a new cooking show. Having grown up in his mother’s restaurant, he grabs the opportunity to stay in the public’s eye.

Lulu nails her audition, but before she can pop open the champagne, the producers drop a bombshell: they’re giving her a co-host. Sparks fly when Lulu and Xander compete for the spotlight. And when a tight filming schedule forces them together around the clock, their sizzling chemistry starts a blaze that can’t be quenched. Will it lead to success for both, or will one of them get burned?

Heat so hot even the kitchen can’t stand it.

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Cori 4.5 Stars

This book was just what I needed on a cold winter night. Erika Kelly never disappoints! You know that feeling you get when you curl up with a new book, then get swept up in a great romance that just makes you smile and just makes you feel good while you read it? This is one of those books. I loved Lulu and Xander’s story! Erika Kelly writes romances that are sexy, fun and emotional. WHOLE LOTTA LOVE is part of Erika Kelly’s Calamity Falls Series but can be read as a stand alone. I recommend the entire series though. They’re all great! Go grab a copy now.

*Review copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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The Calamity Falls Series by Erika Kelly
✦ KEEP ON LOVING YOU ➢ Review 5 Stars | Kindle
✦ WE BELONG TOGETHER ➢ Review 4 Stars | Kindle
✦ THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ JUST THE WAY YOU ARE ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
✦ IT WAS ALWAYS YOU ➢ Review 4.5 Stars | Kindle
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604CAF16-513E-40B9-A008-94B19D5E8AF7 Award-winning author Erika Kelly has been spinning romantic tales all her life–she just didn’t know it. Raised on the classics, she didn’t discover romantic fiction until later in life. From that moment on, she’s been devouring the genre and has found her true voice as an author. Over three decades she’s written poems, screenplays, plays, short stories, and all kinds of women’s fiction novels. Married to the love of her life and raising four children, she lives in the northeast, drinks a lot of tea, and is always waiting for her cats to get off her keyboard.

Romance Heroes that would make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

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Romance Heroes that would make the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

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Declan Riley – I would love at least one evening with this strong, sexy warrior. His Irish accent and caring personality would melt me into a puddle of need. Did I mention sexy?

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Who doesn’t want a sexy man to tell you that you’re beautiful and carry you off like a knight in shining armor? Vane would make the ultimate Valentine’s Day date!

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William! I fell even more in love with William after reading his book and I didn’t think that was possible. If you haven’t read this series go grab it. Gena Showalter’s heroes are some of the best and William is always memorable in all her books 😉 He’d make a fun Valentine’s date! 

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Ren Zano – Just the thought of him striding to my table wearing a three-piece suit and a sexy smile has me swooning. I’m a sucker for a classy businessman with alpha tendencies…knowing he also appreciates a woman’s strengths just makes him sexier.

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Sexy billionaire Sloane is one of my picks because he not only protects and takes care of his woman he teachers her to take care of and protect herself. Plus did I mention he’s an ex-UFC fighter? Yum! 

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Dragos is an ultra protective alpha dragon who treasures his mate and showers her with gifts.

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Adam Black! The Dark Fairy! He sacrifices everything when he falls for his woman. I love him!

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Review & Excerpt: ENJOY THE VIEW by Sarah Morgenthaler

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ENJOY THE VIEW (Moose Springs, Alaska Book 3) by Sarah Morgenthaler

Publication Date: January 19, 2021

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

CB6DB48E-4AD1-4D83-84B7-A35537DFC5F7A grouchy mountaineer, a Hollywood starlet

And miles of untamed wilderness…

What could possibly go wrong?

Former Hollywood darling River Lane’s acting career is tanking fast. Determined to start fresh behind the camera, she agrees to film a documentary about the picturesque small town of Moose Springs, Alaska. The assignment should have been easy, but the quirky locals want nothing to do with River. Well, too bad: River’s going to make this film and prove herself, no matter what it takes.

Or what (literal) mountain she has to climb.

Easton Lockett may be a gentle giant, but he knows a thing or two about survival. If he can keep everyone in line, he should be able to get River and her crew up and down Mount Veil in one piece. Turns out that’s a big if. The wildlife’s wilder than usual, the camera crew’s determined to wander off a cliff, and the gorgeous actress is fearless. Falling for River only makes Easton’s job tougher, but there’s only so long he can hold out against her brilliant smile. When bad weather strikes, putting everyone at risk, it’ll take all of Easton’s skill to get them back home safely…and convince River she should stay in his arms for good.

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He’d just been trying to be nice. In the future, Easton was going to stick with aloof, unapproachable, and downright surly. 

Nice was a pain in the ass. Nice earned him a redhead with a permanent marker and a mischievous look on her face. 

Don’t stop, River had written on her makeshift sign. Filming movie. 

Which was how Easton Lockett, one of the most respected men in Moose Springs, found himself standing on the side of the road with a pizza box sign, telling everyone not to stop for the woman walking down the road. 

If only he’d made the same choice for himself. 

The absolute last person Easton wanted to see coming down the road at this moment turned around the bend, the heavy off-road tires of her sleek black Jeep slapping the pavement. There was nowhere to hide. And knowing his sister, there was nowhere he could hide to keep her from finding him in a pride-compromising position. 

With a groan of dismay, Easton waggled the sign at her as she slowed down, then pulled off the side of the road behind his truck. 

“You’ve got to be kidding me.” 

“I’ve been thinking the same thing for the last hour,” Easton replied, bemused. 

Ashtyn Lockett had been a thorn in Easton’s side since the day she was born fifteen seconds before him. At some point since he’d seen her yesterday, she’d decided to dye her pixie cut a vibrant aquamarine with pink tips. Next week, it would be something different but equally bold. 

She must’ve been taking the day off by the water, because only half of the piercings she normally sported jewelry in were filled. Her nose piercing and eyebrow were adorned, but the multiple holes in her ears were piercing free. Unlike River, his twin was dressed for the weather. A ribbed tank top showing the extensive and expensive tattoos on her arms. Shorts and sandals with bright nail polish from her morning pedicure. Even brighter colors on her fingernails. 

Easton had spent a lot of his life glaring over his sister’s head at the guys who were interested in her, but there really was no need. Ash had never needed anyone to protect her. She was perfectly capable of handling her business all on her own. 

“What the hell are you doing?” Brown eyes the exact same color as Easton’s eyes widened. 

Sighing, Easton lifted his pizza box up in the air, turning it toward the oncoming traffic. 

“I’m being a Good Samaritan.” 

“Are you? Because it kind of looks like you’re making an idiot out of yourself for some tourists.” 

“They’re not tourists.” Deep denial was as good a coping mechanism as any. “They’re filming some sort of movie around the bend. And before you grill me, I don’t know anything about it. I saw a woman walking down the road, and I stopped to see if she needed help. She nearly skinned me alive for interrupting her shot.” 

Ash rolled her eyes. “Why would they pick here to film? Don’t they know everyone’s going to slow down and see what’s wrong?” 

“That’s what I said, but she’s…well…determined.” 

Gorgeous. Fiery. Way more trouble than he needed on any given day. 

“How long are you planning on standing here?” 

Easton didn’t know, but he’d been out there for long enough; even his arms were starting to get sore. Finally, a familiar SUV drove past and performed a highly illegal U-turn, pulling right next to Easton. River stuck her head out from the passenger seat, her face lighting up as she took in him and his sign. 

“No wonder no one stopped,” she said. “You look like you want to kill someone.” 

“That’s resting Easton face.” Ash smirked at him. “He’s normally worse.” 

He wasn’t speaking to either of them. Nope. Not a word. 

“Hey, thanks for the help. Sorry we forgot to tell you we got the shot. Here, dinner is on us.” Leaning out the window, River tucked a twenty-dollar bill in his shirt collar, not giving Easton a chance to refuse before Bree, the driver, pulled away. 

Ash lost it, leaning back against her Jeep, laughing so hard, her mascara started to run. 

“If you could see your face,” she all but cried. 

“I feel dirty,” he murmured, taking the twenty and stuffing it into his pocket. 

“You are dirty.” Gasping for breath, she wiped her eyes. “I think I love her, whoever she is.” 

The feeling wasn’t mutual. 

With an annoyed grunt, Easton tossed the pizza box in the back of Ash’s Jeep. “Compost this, please.” 

Since his services were no longer needed, Easton decided there was no reason to stand there any longer, giving his sister ammunition. 

“You never saw this,” he warned her. 

“Oh, everyone saw this.” 

Which was so true. In a place like Moose Springs, memories were long. The town would never—ever—let Easton live this down. 

“Destroy the evidence, Ash. If you love me, destroy the evidence.” 

“Don’t get your hopes up,” his twin teased. As he headed for his truck, she called after him. “I might frame it instead!” 

Excerpted from Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler. © 2021 by Sarah Morgenthaler. Used with permission of the publisher, Sourcebooks Casablanca, an imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. All rights reserved.

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This was my favorite Moose Springs, Alaska novel. It can be read as a stand-alone, so no need to read the others first to know what is going on. I wish there were more interactions with the townspeople, they are a hoot…but this story didn’t really need them to keep the feel of the other books.

We meet Easton first, an introverted mountain man – or that’s what he portrays. Soon you realize he is a real nice guy. One with a sense of humor, that feels deeply, and cares for those around him. I love the fun camaraderie with family and friends. River herself has a snarky and fun personality. She could have so easily gone caustic and unlikeable…but she and her crewmates made me laugh and chuckle quite often, letting me know her better.

I enjoyed watching River and Easton’s attraction grow into a friendship and ultimately love. It blended nicely with the outdoor action of climbing a mountain. Yes, River made a few dumb decisions, but that was part of the story, so I can forgive her. Overall, I loved this story with all it’s quirky humor, characters unexpectedly learning about themselves, the hysterical wildlife, and a sweet happily ever after. I can’t wait for the next book!

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Author

Geologist and lifelong science nerd, Sarah Morgenthaler is a passionate supporter of chocolate chip cookies, geeking out over rocks, and playing with her rescue pit bull, Sammy. When not writing romantic comedy and contemporary romance set in far-off places, Sarah can be found travelling with her husband, hiking national parks, and enjoying her own happily ever after.

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Excerpt Reveal: FIGHTING THE FIRE (Warrior Fight Club Series) by Laura Kaye

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FIGHTING THE FIRE (Warrior Fight Club Book 3) by Laura Kaye

Publication Date: March 30, 2021

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis

9D8EB8C2-70D6-421E-A0CF-18C347F5944BOne night is never enough…

For firefighter Sean Riddick, Warrior Fight Club keeps the demons of his past at bay, even though it means seeing Daniela England. Her ball-busting sarcasm drives him nuts, and he knows he’s damaged goods anyway, but he can’t help but remember how good they were together that one time. Now he wants to take her to the mats no matter how much they go toe to toe.

ER nurse Daniela England has lost so much that she’s vowed never to need anyone again. Fight club helps her beat back her survivor’s guilt, but it means dealing with Riddick. The hot-but-infuriating firefighter is everything she wants to avoid, which is why their one-night stand was a mistake. Now she needs to keep her distance so it doesn’t happen again.

But when Dani witnesses Sean’s motorcycle accident, she steps up to help him recover. One on one, they get beneath all the snark and find a connection neither expected. As Sean heals, the sparks between them burst into red-hot passion—and ignite old wounds. Now there are fires all around—and they have to decide which they’ll fight and which they’ll let consume them.

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As Daniela dropped her bag on the bleachers at Full Contact MMA, her bad day had her sighing. “Maybe I just need to beat the crap out of something—or someone.”

A warm breath at her ear was all the warning she got. “Got anyone in mind, Daniela?”

Sean Riddick said her name as if his tongue caressed every letter, and she cursed the shiver that raced up her spine—the shiver that resulted from knowing exactly how damn good his tongue felt. She turned slowly, lazily, as if she were bored to tears. No way was she letting him know he got to her. So she gave him a once-over that she hoped read as full of disdain.

Even though, damn. DAMN.

So tall she had to tilt her head back to roll her eyes at him. Dark hair cut short because it curled when he let it get even a little length to it. With scars near his eye and hairline and a nose that had been broken, his face was too beat up to be handsome. But it was even more interesting for having character—of the fearless, I-run-into-burning-buildings-to-save-people-and-sometimes-get-hurt-doing-it variety. And then there were the tattoos—on his neck, shoulders, arms, the back of one hand, not to mention the hard muscles underneath, because of course the guy was freaking cut, with shoulders like mountains and thighs like tree trunks. Sean oozed unquestionable strength and a fierce masculinity.

He knew he looked good.

He wasn’t wrong. Damn him.

And damn her for being stupid enough to find out just how good he was. Just that once.

But it’d been enough to keep her body attuned to him even as her head screamed been there, done that, shouldn’t have done it the first time and ain’t doing it again.

Dani sniffed. “Not you.”

His grin was pure wicked sin. “You sure about that?”

She sighed. “Absolutely.”

He gave a low chuckle. “Well, you’re welcome to try to beat the shit out of me any time.”

“Don’t you have anyone else to irritate?”

“Oh, I irritate you, do I?” he asked, dropping his bag to the floor. He winked at their friend, Tara. “Hey, T.”

“Hey, Sean,” Tara said, amusement plain in her voice.

Just then, one of the few other women who belonged to WFC walked through the door. “Oh, Jayne’s here,” Dani said, surprised because her friend hadn’t attended in weeks.

Without another word to Sean, Dani and Tara left him to greet her.

Halfway across the gym, Tara leaned in close. “Seriously, do you really dislike Riddick or are the two of you in a perpetual state of foreplay?”

Dani threw her a look that made the other woman chuckle. “Ugh, you really can’t tell?”

Tara twisted her lips and shook her head. “Nope. But something’s different between you guys lately, and I’m dying to know the story.”

“There’s no story,” Dani said. Probably too fast. Definitely too fast, given that Tara had also picked up on the heightened friction between them. Because, of course, there was a big freaking story.

So. Big.

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense, including the Hard Ink and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and monster puppy, Schuyler, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Review: BJORN CURSED by N.J. Walters

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BJORN CURSED (Forgotten Brotherhood Book 4) by N.J. Walters

Publication Date: January 18, 2021

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Synopsis

8AA7E652-1130-43F7-B8DB-181F8B62439FLucifer is up to his old tricks, causing problems for the Forgotten Brotherhood. This time, he’s had a woman removed from the Norse afterlife and placed her right in the path of Bjorn Knutson. After the slaughter of his wife and family centuries ago, tortured and broken, Bjorn was cursed as the first Norse werewolf. Now he’s been tasked by Odin himself with killing the woman who escaped. Failure is not an option.

Before he can track her, he stumbles across a woman being accosted by three men in the middle of the night. Even though she’s human, he intervenes and is shocked to recognize the face of the one woman he could never kill — his wife Anja.

She’s also the one he’s hunting…and if he doesn’t kill her then both their lives are at stake.

Each book in the Fury Unleashed series is STANDALONE:
* Fury Unleashed
* Arctic Bite
* Burning Ash
* Bjorn Cursed

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I loved Bjorn! BJORN CURSED is the fourth book in N.J. Walter’s Forgotten Brotherhood series. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone, but I recommend reading them in order to get the full series storyline. I’m obsessed with series and this one is my new favorite. N.J. Walter has created an amazing paranormal world with worlds, Gods and paranormals. It’s full of danger, mystery and includes an epic love story! I highly recommend this book and the series for paranormal romance lovers. Go grab a copy now! 

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Review: SPECIAL OPS SEDUCTION by Megan Crane

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SPECIAL OPS SEDUCTION (An Alaska Force Novel Book 5) by Megan Crane

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Synopsis

ADD46281-42E6-4D39-A8FD-DA746BA7AC0EShe’s the last woman he ever wanted to see again…

After an official operation turned deadly, Jonas Crow began a new life in Grizzly Harbor with Alaska Force. But when fellow soldier Bethan Wilcox joins the group, she forces him to remember things he actively prefers to forget. That’s unforgivable enough. But now the two of them are forced together on a mission to uncover deadly secrets tied to their complicated past, and with the heat between them at a boil, forgiveness is the least of his worries…

And the only woman he needs.

Bethan Wilcox, one of the first women to make it through Army Ranger school, didn’t join Alaska Force to deal with Jonas’s foul temper. Or her own errant attraction to him. Thrown together in a race against the clock, they have to pretend to be a couple and play nice to throw the enemy off their scent. She knows better than to let their pretend love feel real…especially while time is running out.

Jonas has always been good at saving the world. But it’s Bethan he needs to save this time around—if she doesn’t save him first.

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Donna 4 stars

Another exciting edition to the Alaska Force series. I wondered how the author would handle the surly Jonas, sure that Bethan would be up to the task…and she was. I like her. She’s strong and capable, an over-achiever in a “man’s world”, yet human and likeable. Too many times a woman is made out to be a bit witchy to show strength, Bethan held that line quite well. Although they made a great couple, I couldn’t understand her feelings for him until almost midway into the story. He was such an ass to her, and his reasons never made sense to me. Thankfully, his inner self showed through and made him worthy.

The suspenseful story was intriguing and provided some fun action. I completely enjoyed how their romance blossomed during their joint mission to her family home. That was my favorite part of the book and had me wondering quite a bit about the antagonist. I must admit that I never did figure out the bad guy’s motivation regarding Bethan and Jonas…but I enjoyed the read none-the-less.

One of my favorite aspects of this series, is the group dynamics of the Alaska Force Team. The camaraderie seems effortless and pulls me into them, caring about them, and wishing I were part of it all. It was a fun read, leaving me anxious for the next installment.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.  

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USA Today bestselling, RITA-nominated, and critically-acclaimed author Megan Crane has written more than eighty-five books, and counting. She’s won fans with her romance, women’s fiction, chick lit, and work-for-hire young adult novels as well as with the Harlequin Presents, Harlequin Dare, and contemporary cowboy books she writes as Caitlin Crews. These days her focus is on contemporary romance in all its forms, from cowboys to military heroes and beyond – including her take on futuristic Vikings, outlaw bikers, and fairy tale princes. She has a Masters and Ph.D. in English Literature, has taught creative writing classes in places like UCLA Extension’s prestigious Writers’ Program, and is always available to give workshops (or her opinion). She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her comic artist husband, though, at any given time, she is likely to either be huddled in a coffee shop somewhere or off traveling the world. Preferably both.

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Review: BOONE: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas by Emily March

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BOONE: Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas by Emily March

Publication Date: December 29, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Synopsis

0886DFDF-ED66-43A6-9BC0-CAC2B805B8C6In Eternity Springs: The McBrides of Texas, New York Times bestselling author Emily March presents a brand new arc set in the Lone Star State that features a family-linked trilogy within the author’s romantic series.

With his smooth talk, rugged good looks, and deep pockets, native Texan Boone McBride appears to be a man who has it all. Few people know about the heartbreak behind his decision to leave home, family, and career for the isolation of a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Luckily, time and life in Eternity Springs has worked its healing magic upon his wounded soul, so when he meets obviously troubled Hannah Dupree, Boone sees a chance to pay his good fortune forward. The last thing he anticipates is tumbling into love.

Tragedy has taken everything Hannah loves, and her will to keep going is failing. So when Boone strides into her life determined to save her, it’s easier to go along with him than to resist. Soon she is drawn into the fabric of life in Eternity Springs, and as her spirit begins to heal, her strength returns, and she’s able to go toe-to-toe with this hardheaded, big-hearted Texan. But just when love blooms and happiness is within their grasp, shadows from the past threaten. Hannah and Boone must stand strong and united in order to defeat old ghosts—if they are to create a brand-new life together.

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Donna review 4.5 stars

This is a heartwarming addition to the McBrides Series. Boone is such a likeable character. He is fun and sexy, yet with a depth of character that can only come from ghosts in his past. It took a bit for me to truly warm up to Hannah. She was so wrapped up in depression from her tragic past, that it was hard for me to feel a way out. That didn’t last long though. The author’s writing style pulled me right along with the couple, watching them learn to live and love again, and most of all…to forgive themselves. Lovely.

My only complaint is that Hannah went from isolation & depression to “I can deal with it now” rather quickly. And the other issue presented toward the end of the book was just skimmed over.

This can be read as a standalone novel, but the other books would give you a feel for Eternity Springs and the lovely townspeople and their almost magical air. I love the camaraderie and closeness of the community and feel that is the charm of this series.

*Review copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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53D3159B-691A-4514-BFD5-CFC309929A4FEmily March is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty novels, including the critically acclaimed Eternity Springs series. Publishers Weekly calls March a “master of delightful banter,” and her heartwarming, emotionally charged stories have been named to Best of the Year lists by Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Romance Writers of America. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Emily is an avid fan of Aggie sports and her recipe for jalapeño relish has made her a tailgating legend.

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Review: HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING by Denise Williams

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HOW TO FAIL AT FLIRTING: A Novel by Denise Williams

Publication Date: December 1, 2020

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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23540829-C04E-4246-AF2A-D5DECAB849A6One daring to-do list and a crash course in flirtation turn a Type A overachiever’s world upside down.

When her flailing department lands on the university’s chopping block, Professor Naya Turner’s friends convince her to shed her frumpy cardigan for an evening on the town. For one night her focus will stray from her demanding job and she’ll tackle a new kind of to-do list. When she meets a charming stranger in town on business, he presents the perfect opportunity to check off the items on her list. Let the guy buy her a drink. Check. Try something new. Check. A no-strings-attached hookup.  Check…almost.

Jake makes her laugh and challenges Naya to rebuild her confidence, which was left toppled by her abusive ex-boyfriend. Soon she’s flirting with the chance at a more serious romantic relationship—except nothing can be that easy. The complicated strings around her dating Jake might destroy her career.

Naya has two options. She can protect her professional reputation and return to her old life or she can flirt with the unknown and stay with the person who makes her feel like she’s finally living again.

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Donna review 4.5 stars

I genuinely enjoyed this debut novel by Denise Williams. I must note that it was not exactly as I expected from the blurb. Yes, it mentions that she had an abusive ex, but it made it seem more like a romantic comedy about someone with a dark past. So, I must warn the readers that her ex comes back into her life, and it isn’t good. There are threats, intimidation, gaslighting, and attempted rape. That ultimately gave this fun romance a depth of character, enhancing the joy of Naya finding her HEA.

Naya is someone I could relate to immediately, so I was pleased when she met Jake and I found I liked him as well. Neither are perfect, but they are real. Their banter was fun and fast-paced…some of the puns and jokes made me groan, but that was who they were. The easy camaraderie was present with Naya and Jake’ friends as well. I love when the side characters are as much part of the story’s vibe, as the lead characters. It makes you wish you were a part of it all.

The underlying tension in the story kept be riveted. The romance itself was a joy to read. Fun, romantic, and sexy. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Williams gives us next.

*Review copy provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

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Denise Williams wrote her first book in the 2nd grade. I Hate You and its sequel, I Still Hate You, featured a tough, funny heroine, a quirky hero, witty banter, and a dragon. Minus the dragons, these are still the books she likes to write. After penning those early works, she finished second grade and eventually earned a PhD. ​After growing up a military brat around the world and across the country, Denise now lives in Iowa with her husband, son, and two ornery shih-tzus.

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