Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book review: Her Sexiest Mistake by Jill Shalvis (reissue)

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Available now. Reissued.

Mia Appleby finally has the life she always wanted. She's escaped her trailer trash childhood and built a nice life for herself with a marketing job and a cute, little condo. But no matter how much baggage she's ditched from her past, she still hasn't managed to shake her greatest weakness-men. So when her new neighbor turns out to be single and oh-so-sexy, Mia's worried she's playing with fire . . . 

Kevin McKnight can't get enough of his gorgeous neighbor, but after one amazing night, she's already showing him the door. Something tells him this is the way she handles most men. But Kevin is far from your average guy-and he's ready to prove it to Mia. When a blast from her past shakes up Mia's life in a major way, will she stick with her self-sufficient solo act . . . or take a chance leaning on Kevin's strong shoulders?

I have read a lot of Jill Shalvis books in the past few years. She's become one of my favorite authors because she seems to have what it takes to suck me into her books, make me laugh and give me romance i want to read without bashing me in the head with it. Ok the sexy men and really cool kick ass women don't hurt either. Her Sexiest Mistake is a reissue but it's also one i hadn't read before so i was excited to read it. Mia came from nothing. Sometimes it seemed to her less than nothing. Yup she lived in a trailer and her mother only thought about men and what they could give her and her older sister followed in that same path. She wanted more so as soon as she could, she left and started to get the things she wanted by working hard and not giving a inch. Then she met the gorgeous neighbor down the street Kevin McKnight. He's a fixer and wants to help her get over herself and her issues. When her niece shows up out of the blue and rocks her perfect world Kevin is more than willing to help her handle her new situation. He'd like to do more than be her friend and sex partner extraordinaire if only he can knock down the walls around her heart, but he also has to learn he can't fix everything and everyone. He can't seem to fix Mia no matter what he does. Mia struggles to find her way and when it looks like she's going to lose everything she finally sees what's right there in front of her. This is a fun sexy little book. You have your hot stand up guy, your mixed up scarred up girl and the comic relief brought on by the secondary characters. A heart tugging story of love and learning to let go and live for what you want. Everything you need in a good book!

Find out more about Jill Shalvis and this book as well as her other work here. www.jillshalvis.com

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book review: Weston (Hard Body #2) by Debra Kayn

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Available January 7th 2014. Pre-order now! 
She's on thin ice.

Detective Rocki Bangli has spent the past four months undercover, trying to get the goods on drug lord Darrell Archer. Now that she's gained Darrell's trust, he's given her a job: keep an eye on the Beaumont Body Shop, a car detailer and private investigation agency. There's only one problem-her target is the hot and very sexy Tony Weston, whose eyes tell her he's on to her game . . . 

He's her only hope.

Tony spotted the gorgeous detective a year ago at the police academy and never forgot her. A thousand fantasies later, he finds Rocki working for the most dangerous man in town. Now, Tony's determined to find out what's going on . . . after he brings her home with him. But when her position is compromised, suddenly Rocki and everyone she loves might be in danger. Now Rocki must trust Tony with her secrets, her mission, and her life-or it could be the end for both of them.

Ah Weston! If you read book one in the Hard Body series you might remember Rocki Bangli. If not you get a refresher of where you saw her before in this book. Rocki has been working undercover to get the goods on Darrell Archer who is Kage Archer from book one's bad guy uncle.  Whew!! Follow that? I don't think it was too hard, right? Rocki is told to meet with the guys at pool table 3 at a local pub and who walks in but the Beaumont body shop boys including Tony Weston.  She's to go home with whichever guy talks to her and Tony's that man. Tony knows who Rocki is but every word out of her mouth is a lie when he meets her. As a private investigator he knows things and he's seen her at the local police academy. He's been in serious lust of her since he laid eyes on her and now here she is.  Is she a cop undercover or has she gone bad.  Her cover gets blown right after and her life is on the line along with her mom and Tony and the other guys. She's tough but it might be one of those times to let the someone help her out.  Rocki is tough as nails but even tough girls have limits and when her mentor seems like he's gone bad and set her up that's it.  A action packed thrill zone, something is always happening in this book. Tony will grab your heartstrings in no time as he tries to protect both Rocki and his best friend Kage.  I can't wait to see which one of the Beaumont body shop boys is next! 

Find out more about Debra Kayn and the Hard Boy series here www.debrakayn.com

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book review: Shatter (Phoenix Rising #4) by Joan Swan

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Available Dec. 31st 2013
For seven years, Halina Beloi has been in hiding. But she's never forgotten Mitch Foster, the long, lean man she had to leave behind. Until, that is, Mitch shows up with a list of questions and a 9mm in his hand. 

All Mitch knows is that Halina broke his heart and disappeared. But new information has surfaced implicating her as a player in the deadliest game of Mitch's life. This time, he's not letting go without answers. Now terror, danger and heat will fuse them together or shatter the future. . 

Ok i have to admit i have been waiting for Mitch.  He's been right there through the whole series but there was always something going on in the background that intrigued me. I've been waiting to find out what it was. He's such a smart guy with a smart mouth and you can't help but love him. He gets his butt handed to him and his world shook when he finds himself face to face with Halina Beloi. Mitch hasn't seen Halina in 7 years. He thought she loved him but she walked away and broke his heart. Since then he was going through the motions and dating women in a effort to get over her. It takes about 5 seconds to realize it didn't work once he sees her. Halina has some info that can help the team but she isn't sharing everything. She's been really protecting Mitch all those years ago by leaving but she can't let him know that.  Mitch and Halina have to really be honest with each other and fight to survive together. It takes everything they have to get to the point they might be safe.  If you haven't read this series yet do yourself a favor and start with book one. You'll thank me. Each book is better than the next. All the characters together are a family and as they add to the family you can see the bonding and camaraderie  develop. Heart wrenching, emotional and fun can easily describe this book and the series. 

Find out more about Joan Swan and the Phoenix rising series herewww.joanswan.com

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book review: Bitten by Treachery (Hadley Werewolves #2) by Shawntelle Madison

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It's not like Charly the witch wanted to betray the Hadley werewolves. Or infiltrate the pack. But it's the only way to save her mother and protect her coven from a dark evil. She's a witch in wolf's clothing - until an unfortunate bite forces her to become the one thing she detests the most.

The last time a witch came to Hadley, she almost destroyed Trenton's pack. He won't let it happen again, especially now that this lone wolf is feeling so drawn to a certain new new girl in town. Charly is the most intriguing woman he's ever met, and he wants to know all about her.

The passion between Charly and Trenton shocks them both, but can she trust him with her secret...and her heart? One thing is for certain: she has to tell him the truth soon - before it brings about the end of both Trenton and the innocent citizens of Hadley.

Bitten by Treachery is the continuation of the Hadley werewolves series. This is a quick read at only 83 pages so if you want to just have a quick evening of reading and like paranormal romance this would be a good choice for you. Charly is a witch and witches are now hated enemies of werewolves in Hadley after Charly's aunt infected the last alpha male in Hadley and he and a bunch of others went on a killing spree. Her coven wants to control the werewolves so they can make them protect a wooden box that contains a demon that can take over anyone who gets close. In order to do that they get a werewolf to bite her and turn her into one so she can infiltrate Hadley and get them to do what they want. It doesn't go according to plan than though. There is love, betrayal and killers on the loose in this quick paced novella. It will get you one step father in the Hadley werewolves series . Hunky Trenton the cop and former rogue werewolf takes to Charly and she finally finds what she needs in him. Ends in a bit of a cliffhanger so you can see what's in store for you in the next book in this series. 

Find out more about this series and Shawntelle Madison here www.shawntellemadison.com

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Book review: Nearly Departed (Spring Cleaning Mysteries)book 1 by J.B. Lynn

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Available now!
Victoria Spring hates her job. The last career a reluctant medium should pursue is crime scene clean up; it would have been nice to know she could talk to ghosts before taking the job.

As the co-founder of SPRING CLEANING, most of the hard work should be covered by her business partner & brother, Jerry. And it was...until he was shipped off to Afghanistan and declared missing in action over two years ago. Determined not to disappoint her parents, Vicky keeps the business afloat "just until Jerry gets back." But when she agrees to clean up the murder-suicide of three college students, she knows she'll need help. Ex-cop Smoke Barclay is more than a little mysterious, but he has great references, passed the puke test, and has a decent hand shake, so he's hired. Smoke's help should make this job a breeze, but when the ghosts of the three victims show up at the scene claiming all three were murdered by someone still on the loose; Vicky knows nothing about this job is going to be easy.

Helping the ghosts move on means finding out what really happened to happened to them...even if it means Vicky may be the next victim.

Nearly Departed is the first in the new Spring Cleaning Mysteries series by JB Lynn. This is the kind of book that draws you through from  page one and leaves you wishing for more at the end. I love and hate when that  happens. I love it because the story is obviously good and JB does not disappoint.Hate it because i have to wait for more. Vicky  is the lead in this series and she's as complicated as they come. She's working her missing military brother's business  for him not that she wants to but that she feels obligated to for him and for her parents who still hold out hope he's alive. The business  is cleaning up after crime scenes. Not fun and potentially dangerous too. She's got some interesting friends several who are ghosts that she can talk to and several live friends including her brothers gorgeous lawyer friend who sets her up with Smoke Barclay and no that's not his real name but we don't get to find out what it is yet in this book. Smoke is a hot cop who just got kicked off the force but why? Have to read and try to figure that out.  Everyone's keeping secrets and while a few are found out you have to have a few for later right?  There's a mystery to be solved in this book and Vicky is bound and determined to solve it if she doesn't get  herself killed first. I don't want you to think this book is all gore or anything as it's more funny and romantic than that. If you have read JB Lynn's Hitwoman series you'll  love this!! I'm ready for book two now!

Find out more about JB Lynn and Nearly Departed here www.jblynn.com

On sale for $3.99 on Amazon right now. www.amazon.com

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Book review: Secrets on the Sand (The Billionaires of Barefoot Bay #1) by Roxanne St. Claire

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Available now!
Zeke Nicholas has turned his mathematical genius skills into a mountain of money. But Zeke sits on that mountain all alone, longing for the one thing money cannot buy: the true love of a lifelong partner. Zeke grew up near Barefoot Bay and is staying at the resort for a week while he’s in town for a family event. Enter Mandy Mitchell...the maid. Except to Zeke, Mandy is much more than that—she was the object of his every teenage fantasy back in the days when she was known as “Mandy the Magnificent” and he had the unflattering high school nickname of “Ezekiel the Geekiel.”

Zeke is no longer a geek—he’s gorgeous. And Mandy doesn’t feel so magnificent since her marriage fell apart and left her up to her eyeballs in debt and despair. One look at Zeke, and she knows he’s exactly the kind of trouble she should avoid. One look at Mandy, and Zeke turns his relentless ability to get what he wants into a full-on seduction. But can Mandy face down the secrets of her past to find a fairy-tale future with Zeke?

First  of three Barefoot bay novella's Secrets on the Sand starts us off with this trio. Zeke was a geek in high school. He knew it everyone knew it. Now he's definitely all grown up and yes a billionaire. He can do whatever he wants when he wants pretty much. He hasn't let it all go to his head however. When he runs into Mandy Mitchell he's stunned to see her working as the maid in his villa on Barefoot Bay.  Known and Mandy the Magnificent in high school Mandy Mitchell married like she thought she would only to find out her husband was not what he seemed. Now dead broke and struggling to find her feet and herself she runs in the Zeke and wow sparks fly. Mandy is leery of men though so Zeke has his work cut out for him trying to get Mandy to take him seriously as the guy for her. This  was a fun and entertaining story. It's one of those novella's you getting totally into in the first chapter and then it ends to soon and you wish there was more. In a  lot of ways it reminded me of the story of Cinderella. You also get a peak at the players in the next novella and bit of the characters from the original Barefoot Bay series.  You can totally read this as a stand alone for anyone who wants to try a Roxanne St Claire book but hasn't yet. It's fun and exciting and certainly romantic to the extreme. An A+ for me. 

Find out more about this series on Roxanne St Claire's website here.  www.roxannestclaire.com

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book review: Soothing His Madness by Debra Kayn

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In Debra Kayn's next biker romance novel, Bantorus MC and Lagsturns MC merge into a war zone of chaos where desperation and love is the only thing that'll save them.

Slade Ramchett, vice president of the Bantorus Motorcycle club, has failed his two boys, his woman, and his club. Between battling with his ex-wife and her gambling addicted husband, Los Li shooting at his old lady, and the merge of colors with a rival MC, Slade's ready to go out fighting before the madness infects everyone he loves.

After working years at Cactus Cove, Taylor can't imagine life without Slade or the club. She's definitely done keeping their relationship secret. When Slade's world is ripped away from him, she'll help him anyway she can…including blackmail and putting her life on the line.

This is book 3 in Debra Kayn's new biker series. This one amps up the emotional vibe and the danger. Slade is a really great guy but as very alpha type male he thinks he has let down his kids and his girlfriend. The book opens up with him just coming from court and losing custody to his sleazy ex-wife and equally sleazy husband. While working on his court case he had been seeing Taylor and keeping that quiet thinking it might effect his case if it gets out. Things are not going his way so he becomes desperate and does something that could get his boys taken away from his permanently.Taylor does her best to support him but it's like hitting a wall when he won't accept her help. Just when you think they have enough on their hands with the boys the ex-wife and their relationship someone is out to kill them. Who is it? The ex-wife's new husband or a rival motorcycle club or something else. There's a lot going on in this book but it's nice to see some family dynamic with the two boys of Slade's and Taylor and Slade's relationship growing into something permanent. Between the great sex scenes and the pulse pounding  suspense scenes there's plenty to keep you reading and wanting more. Can't wait to see where Ms. Kayn takes us next!

Find out more about this series on Debra Kayn's website here www.debrakayn.com

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Christmas to Remember (Anthology) by Jill Shalvis, Kristen Ashley, Hope Ramsay, Molly Cannon, Marilyn Pappano

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Curl up with this heartwarming Christmas collection!
Available now!!

Jill Shalvis, Dream a Little Dream: Melissa has kept every man at a safe distance-especially firefighter Ian, a sexy friend with sexy benefits. But Ian secretly longs for more. Luckily, 'tis the season for giving love a chance . . .

Kristen Ashley, Every Year: Holidays don't come easy for Shy and his brother, Landon. But with the magic of Christmas, along with a little help from Tabby and her family, the Cage brothers are about to get the gift of a lifetime . . .

Hope Ramsay, Silent Night: Down on her luck and evicted from her apartment, single mother Maryanne hopes to start over in Last Chance. When the snow begins to fall, it looks like her baby might literally spend Christmas Eve in a manger. And Maryanne might celebrate the holiday with a handsome stranger.

Molly Cannon, Have Yourself a Messy Little Christmas: Lincoln is a bachelor who's set in his ways-until a professional organizer dressed up as Mrs. Claus changes his life, one tip at a time. . .

Marilyn Pappano, A Family for Christmas: War widow Ilena doesn't mind spending Christmas alone. But when a new doctor blows into town with the winter wind, will she get her secret Christmas wish?

I love Anthology books. Sometimes i know all the authors and sometimes i know none of them or a mix of both. In this one though i had only read one author previously and that is Jill Shalvis. Her being in this makes it a must buy for me hands down. I of course was not disappointed. Even in novella form Jill Shalvis delivers a part fun part emotional story with a sexy hero and of course it's Lucky Harbor. Win for me since i love the series. I've been hearing about Kristen Ashley books so i was excited to read her contribution. I had to admit i was a little lost because it seems her novella is part of a series and i have not read it. I still enjoyed it and just guessed at some of the back story. Since reading this i am looking more into Chaos series and bought book one. The other three authors i have heard of but haven't read either and it was interesting to try them out as well and see if i liked their writing style.  Hope Ramsey's addition touched my heart. Such a sweet story about giving this a 2nd try and finding love.  Molly Cannon's novella was fun and fabulous with a bit of a seemingly stick in the mud accountant and a full of energy organizer extraordinaire named Dinah. Last but not least is Marilyn Pappano's A Family For Christmas. Jared and Ilena will tug at your heart strings as well in this novella. Jared moved away from his disapproving parents to be a pediatrician in rural Oklahoma and didn't expect to fall in love with a sweet sexy elf with a baby and a bit of a sad story.  Overall I enjoyed all the short stories in this anthology and i would recommend it to anyone who  hasn't read these authors and find out what you've been missing.

Find it on Amazon here  for only $1.99 www.amazon.com