Tuesday, December 30, 2014

ARC Book review: Too Far Gone (Hanover Brothers #4) by HelenKay Dimon

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The Hanover brothers inherited quite a legacy from their con-artist father, including a secret they never imagined…

FBI Agent Walker Reeves came to Sweetwater, Oregon looking to settle a vendetta. His career is in shambles after years spent tracking down the Hanover brothers. He hopes to tie them to the schemes of their father Charlie—the same man who ruined Walker’s life. Unfortunately, Walker’s desire for revenge blinds him to the one chance at happiness he’ll ever get…

Even knowing that her friends would worry, art store-owner Mallory Able took a risk sleeping with Walker. She succumbed to his craving for control in the bedroom, but when reality got too tough for Walker, he bolted and left her in ruins. Now he’s returned. If Walker wants her back, he’s going to have to do some smooth talking both in and out the bedroom. And this time Mallory is in charge…

The final book in the Hanover brother series wraps up with a surprise for Hanover brothers. A brother they didn't know they had. FBI Walker Reeves has spent so much time trying to pin the Hanover brothers with the crimes of their father. Now that certain things have come to light though and he realizes they are innocent he has to figure out what to do with 3 brothers who are going to make him belong whether he likes it or not. Then there is the woman he can't seem to keep away from.  Problem is he can't seem to do anything right when it comes to Mallory. He kind of ditched her and ran off when things got kind of crazy and now he's going to have to fight like crazy to get her to believe in him again. Poor Walker has no idea how to deal with regular people out of his work life. He has 3 brothers he hasn't ever wanted to claim pushing their way into his life and making him believe he might finally belong to a family. Then there is Mallory. She is everything to him but his poor choices and experience with women is making any chance he might have with her minimal. I enjoyed seeing the brothers interact, not to mention the women in their lives. Watching Walker trying to navigate himself around his new found family is funny and at times touching and heartbreaking. HelenKay Dimon really wraps up this series nicely. For me this was a one sitting read. I started and did not want to put it down before i knew it it was over. This of course means it's a great book. Can't wait to see what's next from this author.

Find out more about this series and HelenKay Dimon here. www.helenkaydimon.com

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ARC Book review: Escaping Christmas by Lisa DeVore

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Author, Alexandra Storm, escaped to the mountains of Colorado to avoid everything about Christmas, including her ex-boyfriend. He dumped her on Christmas Eve two years ago, and the holiday has haunted her since. Her plan is to write her way through the dreaded Christmas cheer.

But, she didn't expect her new landlord, Zach Camden, to be a hunky savior on a snowmobile. After learning of her aversion to the holiday, he vows to give Christmas back to her. The attraction is undeniable, but she doesn’t need another failed romance. And she most definitely doesn’t need a reunion with her ex, or the escalating threats from an unknown enemy. As the danger increases, will she survive the season and allow love to restore her holiday spirit?

This is the 2nd book for author Lisa DeVore. In this Christmas themed book Alexandra Storm is kind of boycotting Christmas after a bad break up with her boyfriend turned her off the holiday a couple years ago. She's decided to to rent a cabin in the woods so to speak. Her landlord is the very sexy Zach Camden but she doesn't realize exactly who he is as first. Zach is not happy to find out that Alexandra is on her own. With a storm brewing he takes a interest in her safety. Finding out she is totally off Christmas he decides that he's going to turn that around no matter what it takes. Snowed in together their attraction to each other bubbles up fast and hot but an appearance by her ex and the possibility of something more menacing intrudes on their time together. Lisa Devore's second book is a quick read with interesting characters that pull you in fast. Loved both Alexandra and Zach but Zach i think owns my heart. He's the heart of the book for me. Hope you see more books from this author and see her grow in her writing skills. This author is one to watch!

Find out more on Lisa Devore's facebook page here.www.facebook.com/Lisa-DeVore

Buy it on Amazon here Escaping-Christmas-Lisa-DeVore-ebook

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ARC Book review: Not Without You(book one Silver Creek series) by Dianne Venetta

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Grad student, Lisa Richardson, scours the high country in search of her beloved boreal toad. The amphibian is in danger of extinction, a fate she is determined to change. Single-minded in her focus, Lisa doesn’t realize that she’s being followed by a mysterious stranger.

Enter McIntyre Walsh. Ex-marine with a heart of gold, this man lives and breathes duty. Protection. Content with his self-exile on a mountaintop in Colorado, he inadvertently witnesses a female hiker in danger, a situation he cannot ignore yet is unable to rectify. When their paths cross, Lisa and Walsh refuse to stray from their avowed goals, and carry on—despite the other.

It isn’t until a killer ramps up his game that both are forced to relent. Battling the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains and an undeniable attraction between them, Lisa and Walsh must work together against the odds if they intend to get off the mountain alive.

I had not read a book by Dianne Venetta in a while so i was a little excited to read this one. First in a series is always fun. Lisa Richardson is in the high country looking for the Boreal toad she is studying because it's possibly in danger of becoming extinct. Although she is a capable researcher and knows her way around the mountain she doesn't realize someone is following her. Ex-marine McIntyre Walsh is spending time in the high country recovering from a little PTSD from his military days when he spots Lisa. The two clash at first until the reality of whoever is following and watching Lisa is not just a stalker but possibly a killer. That's when  McIntyre has to put his marine skills to the test to keep them both alive. I think this is Dianne Venetta first foray into romantic suspense and i expected to like it but i didn't know that i would love it. I loved the character's and the hero's unusual name. The books starts out at a good clip and slowly picks up the pace. Every page the energy and the excitement level builds as they try to outrun the killer. I started it later in the evening and wish i had started it early so i could read it in one sitting. Look forward to more books in the series.

Find out more about this book and author Dianne Venetta here www.diannevenetta.com

Thursday, December 4, 2014

ARC Book review:Rocky Mountain Miracle by Christine Feehan

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Novella length
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No Christmas will ever be the same after Cole and Maia meet on a snowy western ranch… Find out why in #1 New York Times bestselling author Christine Feehan’s romantic holiday e-novella!

When Cole Steele, a womanizer rumored to have killed his father, meets Maia Armstrong, a veterinarian rumored to practice magic, the sizzling romance could melt all the snow on his Wyoming ranch. And when an injured horse brings them together, Cole can’t help but believe that Maia casts spells on animals—and men. What else could explain the burning passion he feels for her and the thawing of his heart just in time for Christmas?

This is a previously released novella by Christine Feehan. It's a Christmas story with a paranormal twist. Cole Steele has a murky past at least that's how everyone in town sees it. Since they don't know much they make up stuff about him and none of it's good. He has no problem with the rumors though. He doesn't want people to know anything about him. His fathers death brings him back to to the ranch he grew up on and where he suffered at the hands of his overbearing father. Only thing is he finds he has a younger brother who apparently also suffered the same evilness from his  father. Then he meets Maia Armstrong a traveling veterinarian who is filling in the area. Something about her draws him. For Maia's part she always had an affinity with animals and for some reason they  have a way of talking to her and that aids her in her work. After a horse is seriously injured on Cole's ranch she goes to the ranch with him to find herself snowed in with the two brothers and possibly a killer. I liked this one the first time i read it several years ago. Cole is this brooding mysterious man who is also damaged by a controlling mean father. Having gotten away from him years ago he's brought back after he's murdered to find out his has a brother. Since the two brother have their father in common in more ways than one they work at bonding and getting past the damage their father did. In the meantime Maia's secrets are slowly revealed to Cole and instead of having to run she finds Cole just might understand her and maybe she can quit running. Love those alpha men that are gruff but down deep they have beautiful hearts! 

Find out more about this book and Christine Feehan here www.christinefeehan.com 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ARC Book review:Beyond Possession (Beyond #5.5) by Kit Rocha

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Tatiana Stone has worked hard to establish herself as one of Sector Four's most skilled crafters. All she wants is peace--but the sins of her father haunt her. He ruled the sector as a petty tyrant before the O'Kane takeover, and plenty of people harbor bitter memories of his cruelty. Especially now that Tatiana's beloved baby sister has fallen in with a man who wants to start a revolution. 

Zan failed his boss once, and it won't happen again. So when Dallas O'Kane asks him to defuse the rebellion brewing in the sector, he'll do whatever it takes to get the job done--including seduce Tatiana. It's the perfect opportunity to get closer to the pretty crafter and complete his mission. But what he discovers is a fiery, passionate woman--and an affair that could destroy them both.

Followers of this series will recognize Zan from previous books in the series. Zan had a serious brush with death before and feels like he failed Dallas when he didn't protect someone he was supposed to. Now he is determined to redeem himself and  protect Tatiana Stone.  There is some serious trouble brewing in sector 4 and he's tapped to figure out just what's going on and to stop it if possible. Tatiana has been running her own store with her homemade soaps and things. Trying to live a peaceful quiet life is hard under the shadow of her dad's bad actions. It all falls apart one night in a blaze of fire!  I loved Zan and Tatiana's relationship development. It may seemed to go fast but it's a novella and i think you are led to believe that they have flirted with each other before. I didn't like the story between Tatiana  and her sister. It's hard to believe the sister could possibly be so naive about life in the sectors and men. Why would Tatiana shelter her from that considering what could happen.  Overall i enjoyed the story and as always loved the the folks of sector 4.

Find out more about the series and Kit Rocha here www.KitRocha.com

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

earc book review: Full Throttle (Black Knights Inc. #7) by Julie Ann Walker

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Available 12/2/2014

She Needs a Hero... 

Abby Thompson didn’t sign up to be the daughter of the President of the United States. The position was forced on her by the small matter of her birth. Preferring a quiet life of study, she’s content to leave the politics and the international intrigue to her father. Unfortunately, the most powerful man on the planet is sure to make enemies. When a group of armed thugs takes her hostage half a world away, demanding the U.S. government release prisoners in exchange for her safe return, she fears her father’s policy of “not negotiating with terrorists” means she’ll never see the shores of the Potomac again. Luckily, there’s one glimmer of hope. His name is Carlos Soto. And though she abruptly ended things with him years ago, she knows now he’s the only man who can save her…

Black Knights, Inc. to the Rescue... 

Carlos “Steady” Soto has taken part in his fair share of dangerous missions working at the covert government defense firm of Black Knights Inc. But nothing prepared him for the emotional rollercoaster he faces when he’s tasked with rescuing the only woman he ever loved—who also broke his heart. Racing against time and outmaneuvering a group of trained terrorists will take everything he’s got. Plus there’s the heat simmering between them which is threatening to ignite into an inferno. While ruthless enemies stalk them, they must learn to trust each other again. Even if they do make it out alive, will Abby turn her back on him…for the second time?

The latest installment in the Black Knight Inc series is as fast paced and exciting as the previous books. Abby Thompson is the presidents daughter and certain things are expected of her. Preferring to stay out of the limelight as much as possible she sticks to a slower life and doing things to help people. On a trip out of the country she finds herself kidnapped. Almost all her secret service security detail killed. The only man for the job of rescuing her is Carlos Soto better knows to us BK Inc fans as Steady. There is a bit of a prequel to this story that tells how Steady and Abby knew each other years before and what devastating event changed them both and left Abby feeling guilty. Steady's feelings for Abby are evident as he struggles with his emotions and what he should be doing while trying to get her back. This has a bit of a side story with Dan and one of Abby secret service people that's interesting but i wondered if it would be Dan's permanent love interest or if there would be someone else later.  Ozzie has some devastating things happen to him that really surprised me and i wonder how it will be handled in future books. All in all i enjoyed this book a lot but it didn't feel quite like a BK Inc book as much as previous books because there wasn't a group of the Knights in this book. For part of it there are three but that quickly becomes two of them and each with their separate stuff going on. Love my BK Inc guys and am curious to see where Julie Ann Walker will go next with the series. By the time you get to the end of this book there are several possible plots that can be imagined for future stories.  One point i need to make i guess is that of the three BKI guys most in this book there is something significant that happens to each of them and not all of it is good. If that doesn't get your curiosity  going i don't know what can. Amazing, interesting and at times heartbreaking it's a thrill ride from beginning to word end!

Find out more about this series and Julie Ann Walker here www.julieannwalker.com