BLOG TOUR – Review of Cop Tales (An Anthology for a Cause)

Cops, Cops, and More Cops!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Short Stories

Length: 616 Pages

Description:

As authors, we are always trying to find ways to give back. Anthologies are a great way to unite indie and traditionally published authors for a worthy cause. In this anthology you will get a combination of rom-com, new adult contemporary romance, and even a little suspense short stories with law enforcement heroes and heroines.

Cop Tales is a limited release anthology to raise funds for the Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP). We back the blue and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for support in this cause.

Authors included in anthology: Abbi Glines, Kimberly Knight, M.Clarke, T.R. Cupak, Christine Besze, Kat T. Masen, Dee Ellis, Kathleen Kelly, Maren Lee, Martha Sweeney, J.L. Perry, Nicole Loufas, Jess Bryant, Linnea Valle, and S. Cole

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Buoni Amici Press.*

Cop Tales has fifteen short stories involving officers in some form or fashion. Some are quickie reads, some are steamy reads, and then there’s a few I wished didn’t end when they did because I wanted to keep reading.

I’ve given little snippets of each story and noted my favorites. Happy reading y’all!

All It Took – Abbi Glines

The story was good, but the dialogue was written oddly and made me hesitate not knowing if it was a thought or actual speech. However, Ansel and Sugar take a short story and make you wish it were longer. And oh my goodness did it really end right there! And just when it was getting super steamy.

Cuffed Together – T.R. Cupak

If you’re in a relationship with an office this brings one of your worst fears into play, but it also on a very heartwarming note. Jaxon and Emery have a very unique love/hate relationship that kind of drove me insane, but at the same time I couldn’t stop reading it to see what happened next.

Love Reloaded – Kat T. Masen

High school love with a fast forward twist of fate. I could have done without all of the POVs. All that was really needed for such a short read was Griffin and Addison’s. Although the scenario isn’t the best, they do get to reconnect and not just as the plus one of their friend, but as adults. For one the magic had always been there and for the other all it takes is a look and they’re both on the same page in the falling in love book.

Watch Me – Kimberly Knight

This is what happens when you reconnect with your first love…you realize you were always in love with them. Even after twenty years. But what is not expected…serial killer! And holy cow it ends on one of those crazy cliffhangers that leaves you holding your breath.

Out of the Blue – Jess Bryant

This is a sweet ‘win the girl of my life back’ story. Nick left Kady to be a big city cop, but after he was shot he realized all the mistakes he’d made by leaving the love of his life behind. He does everything to win her heart back, even allowing her brother (and his new partner) the first punch along with his well deserved anger.

*This is one of my favorites! Loved Nick and Kady!*

Backburn – Maren Lee

Sexy cop meets hell on hotshot heels. Dillon is a master ladies man. Lauren is a female fireman on an all male team, one of which is her ex-cheating-STD having-boyfriend. Surrounded by raging wildfires she wants one night to forget her ex before having to return to work alongside him and he wants one night with her, but when one night turns into something too strong for neither to deny they’ll both see if they having the staying power to make it work.

*This is one of my favorites! Loved Dillon and Lauren!*

Small Town Blue – Kathleen Kelly

Sergeant Adam Shaw puts two and two together to find the perps of many crimes. But when one big bust goes wrong, ending with two injured cops, one injured perp, and three more dead he’ll have to get his head back on straight. That’s when Dr. Peta White comes in to help.

Saviour – J.L. Perry

Morgan is fleeing from an abusive boyfriend. She plans on driving as far as she can to get away from him. That is until she’s pulled over for speeding in a rinky dinky town. From the moment Ryan sees her his protectiveness goes on high alert and he knows he has to keep her around so that he can help her. Even if that means tagging her car so she actually cannot leave. His goal…win her trust and then her heart.

Brother – S. Cole

For Beau who lost his brother eight years ago, being a cop and coming across another young boy having been murdered only brings his ghosts front center. Which is why this has a lot of flashback memories for such a short story.

Hollywood – Martha Sweeney

Hollywood (aka Officer Saige McCullin) tries extra hard to be treated like one of the guys, but sometimes she’s a little to set in her cop mentality to see what’s right in front of her. Phineas has a lot of money, but even that can’t buy him the courage to approach her again. So instead he’ll get creative. It’s amazing what two hundred and fifty thousand dollars can do.

Scarlet Blues – Nicole Loufas

Scarlet is a police officer who falls for the wrong guy. Marcus’ family has a large import business, but not everything they import is legal. Neither is their business. Of course Scarlet finds all this out just after Marcus introduces her to his family. Now she’s in a predicament…. his house is about to be raided. Does she leave him to his fate and risking losing him or steal him away and risk her career…? The answer to that will have to lie in your imagination because that’s exactly the cliffhanger this one ends on. And just when it was getting really good!

A New Beginning – M. Clarke

Nikki is an author with writer’s block. Theo is the sex officer who moves in next door. He’s kind of perfect, from the way he introduces himself to the way he comforts her worse fear. It’s a sweet story, definitely would’ve read a lot more of it.

Blue – Christine Besze

Jared and Claire were high school sweethearts, but he left their small town for bigger opportunities. When a serial killer haunts her small town reinforcements are sent in…in the form of Jared. It isn’t only back to help on the case, he’s back to win her heart once again. He just has to get past a serial killer and Claire’s two brothers.

*This was one of my favorites!*

Breathing – Dee Ellis

Jess and Sophia turn a one night stand into and entire weekend. He wants more, but she’s illusive and won’t let him close. After a second weekend together, months after the first, he wants to keep her, but she disappears. Then weeks later he’s called out to a home and there he finds his precious Sophia.

*This by far is the most steamy of the stories.*

Protect and Serve – Linnea Valle

Nathaniel is a police officer and Stephanie is a doctor who needs a little ‘protect and serve’ in her life. It’s short, and hot, but the ending is the best. We all need relationships like theirs.

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NOTE (not included in book blurb): 100% of the online sale proceeds for six months (e-book and print) will be donated directly to the ODMP. If any reader wants to donate beyond purchasing the anthology, please visit www.odmp.org. Your donation is tax deductible in the US. I don’t know about internationally.

Charity Info:

About Officer Down Memorial Page (ODMP)

Founded in1996, the Officer Down Memorial Page (www.ODMP.org) is a non¬profit agency dedicated to honoring the memory of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. The largest law enforcement memorial in the United States, ODMP pays tribute to over 23,000 fallen law enforcement officers in its online memorial and reflection pages. ODMP also honors fallen K9 officers, provides free resources to law enforcement agencies and officers, and works to keep cop killers behind bars through its No Parole program. The ODMP database tracks LODD statistics in the US back to 1791, enabling the law enforcement community to analyze trends and patterns in order to work toward the goal of improving officer safety.

NOTE: Although this anthology was written to raise awareness and donate to a special cause, the views and opinions expressed in the book are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of ODMP. ODMP is not a partner, sponsor, or affiliate of Cop Tales an Anthology for a Cause.

 

 

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Review of My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren

“There’s no one like her.”

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 384 Pages

POV: Multiple First Person

Description:

With a world-famous speaker at their university, Millie Morris and her four woefully single male colleagues make a pact that they’ll all find dates. Unfortunately, Millie has more success helping them make matches online than she does navigating the onslaught of lewd pics in her own feed. But when she creates a fictional name for a new account, Millie finds herself vying for the online attention of a man she sees every day in the flesh.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Gallery Books via NetGalley.*

Millie and her four single guy friends are kind of like a geek squad. Scientific minds, zero game. Which is why they decide they need dates for a special upcoming event and decide to try a dating app. Of course before everyone’s profiles go live Millie and Reid cross that invisible best friend line and have a night both will never forget making it a little difficult to go back to the way it was before. Although they both give it a try, they keep finding themselves unable to keep their hands (and bodies) to themselves.

“I really, really want sex tonight,” she admits. “Specifically, I’d like sex with you, but if you’re weirded out by this, then it’s cool if you leave and I dive into the drawer of sin in my bedroom.”

When Reid gets a match on the dating app who seems sweet and beautiful it drives Millie a little green with jealousy so when her second profile matches up with him she can’t help, but respond. Although her intentions are pure at the beginning she realizes that she likes being open with Reid like this. She can be herself without feeling likes she’s oversharing her emotions. Problem is she’s falling for him and he doesn’t even know it’s her, which leaves him confused because he wants them both.

Even best friends can’t always survive deceit, but add in a broken heart on top of it and nothing will ever be the same.

My Favorite Half-Night Stand is endearing with sprinkles of humor. I loved the comradery between the friends. They all had such unique personalities that their friendship actually held the book together. The were the glue while Millie and Reid figured out their stuff. Can’t beat a book with several wonderful characters!

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Review of Moonlight Cove by Emma Abbott

“I deserve to be shot.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 232 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

When Jack Ward, the highly-eligible but world-weary owner of the multinational Ward Hotels empire, comes to the idyllic island of Guernsey in the English Channel it’s to buy a new portfolio of properties, and to take his first real summer break in years.

He doesn’t expect that his presence will inadvertently revive long-simmering family enmities – or that his passions will be stoked by a woman who hates him, and everything he stands for…

Meanwhile, a local accountant, Amber Dorey is just getting her life back together after a broken engagement. But then a delicious one-night encounter with an arrogant, handsome stranger has explosive consequences for her life and career…

*This is a sexy romance containing adult material.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Amber thought she had a good life and the best job, until the hotel she worked at got bought out by the same company who bought out her father’s. Amber is very prideful and she’d rather quit than work for the man who destroyed her father. But then again Jack isn’t the man…he’s the man’s son and oh how that complicated things.

Jack took over the hotel empire after his father passed away. He had always thought of him as a wonderful business man, but after Amber’s acquisitions he has to reevaluate that. She also makes him rethink himself. Not one to get attached to women he can’t help but want to stay close to Amber, even making himself be the bad guy in order to keep her around. And it confused the hell out of him.

Amber easily jumps to conclusions because she wants to hate Jack.

Jack tries to stay away on business because he doesn’t want to miss Amber.

In the end, neither can fight what their hearts want. Each other.

This isn’t one of those slow sizzle that heats up into a fiery passion. No, Moonlight Cove starts off as an inferno and then you get to watch as two people try to hold back the flames they both so desperately do not want to have, but do.

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Review of Splintered Courage by J.E. Sawyer

“Does he realize that is my first kiss?” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 118 Pages

POV: Alternating First Person

Description:

Gemma Tate’s life changed forever the day she confronted an unlikely stranger. After relocating across the country, three new housemates prove to be essential friends she never knew she needed. She explores her attraction to Weston, a fourth housemate who lives across the hall. As their connection strengthens and grows they stumble down the path of first love. In a steamy new world of firsts, Gemma wonders if she will come out unscathed. When ghosts from their past make an unforeseen visit, their lives take a turn neither of them expected.

Gemma

He found me, then he asked the impossible of me. I never expected my choices to lead me to Weston. Can I trust them to find me when I didn’t realize I was lost? I know my life will never be the same.

Garret

I finally found her. She has been kept a secret for 18 years. It’s time for her to come home. I asked her to follow, if she refuses she’s coming anyway.

Weston

I never knew beauty like her’s existed. Like gravity, will we stay in balance when our lives are tossed upside down? Does she really even see me, because I see her.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

Garret finally found his daughter and wants to keep her close. Having her in Texas with him and his ‘family’ is more than he could wish for.

“Well Weston, I guess that answers my question. I believe you found Gemma. Gemma…as in my daughter Gemma…my sweet little girl Gemma.”

Gemma lived a life sheltered by her grandmother. Her mom passed away and her dad was never around…until he just shows up one day out of the blue. Once her grandmother passed away she was looking forward to being on her own, but how can she pass up the opportunity to get to know her father, especially when he’s so eager to have her in his life.

“The girl in me feels like a fucking Queen.”

His ‘family’ though is four other men who all live in the same house and all work together. You only get little glimpses of their personalities so it’s hard to fully know them. Except Weston, that is. He feels pulled toward Gemma the moment she entered the house for the first time.

She feels it too. But she’s never been around men and everything is new to her. She has to learn how to trust. So does he.

“The green in his shirt makes his eyes dance like balls of kryptonite. That is probably what they will be too, my kryptonite.”

But when a past comes to haunt them true feelings will no longer be denied.

Splintered Courage is a slow-paced story that only gets truly interesting toward the end. Once it does though, it goes too quickly and I didn’t want it to end. I’m interested to see where the series goes.

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Review of Sleepover by Serena Bell

“…I want to dance with you…” 

 

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Length: 224 Pages

POV Alternating First Person

Description:

The girl next door is the one that got away. He just doesn’t know it yet. . . .

Sawyer: After my wife died, I promised myself I’d never go through the pain of losing someone again. Now I keep my flings neat, tidy, and one-time-only. Besides, my son needs me more than ever. He’s miserable in our new town, so I’m pumped when he makes friends with the kid next door—until I recognize his mom from a one-night stand. Perky and upbeat, Elle Dunning is not my type for anything other than tearing up the sheets. So why do I keep letting myself get roped into game nights and get-togethers?

Elle: It so hasn’t been my year. That’s my first thought when I see my new next-door neighbor. I never would have hooked up with Sawyer Paulson if my husband hadn’t left me for his high-school sweetheart, but because our eight-year-old boys have become best friends, I’ve got to make nice with Mr. Tall, Dark, and Silent. Yet the more time we spend together, the more Sawyer opens up. We’ve both been hurt—badly. So it’s one thing to send the kids off to sleepaway camp together. It’s quite another to promise each other a lifetime of sleepovers. . . .

Sleepover is a standalone novel with no cheating, no cliffhangers, and a satisfying happily ever after.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley.*

Sawyer is a widower and single dad who isn’t interested in anything except one night stands. He doesn’t want to get emotions involved. And never even thought twice about another woman besides his wife until Elle.

“I do have a lot of fantasies involving remote-control vibrators and church pews.”

Elle is a single mom who doesn’t have the best luck with men. Her one and only one night stand was so hot they didn’t even make it out of the alley behind the bar. She likes to remember it, but not in a million years did she expect him to move in next door. Or to remember her.

“Those shoes. Do you know what those shoes make me want to do? They make me want to take them off with my teeth.”

Their son’s quickly become best friends, leaving Sawyer and Elle kind of stuck being around each other. And their spark is too difficult to hide, leaving the only option to let it ignite.

Sleepover is sweet and comical with a little sizzle added in.

“He’s not a dick,” Sawyer says thoughtfully. “He’s a cheap purple rubber dildo with sparkles.”

The beginning has too much non-essential detail about how they met that I found myself speed reading through those parts. However, the rest of the book definitely held my full attention. From the little rendezvous’ to the text messages…one can only hope for that kind of attention in a relationship.

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Review of Christmas on Mistletoe Lane (Sweetwater Springs #1) by Annie Rains

“…I’ll try to be the man you deserve.”

 

Genre: Holiday Romance

Length: 432 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Christmas is coming to the North Carolina mountains, and the air is fresh and crisp and filled with promise. After the devastating loss of her job in the big city, the small town of Sweetwater Springs feels like heaven to Kaitlyn Russo. She’s inherited her grandparents’ charming (if a little rundown) bed and breakfast, and it’s just the new lease on life she needs. Only “heaven” comes with a catch-and a handsome and completely infuriating one at that.

After what he hopes will be a quick trip, Mitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror. But his plans get derailed when he learns he’s now half-owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he’s given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it’s his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner who’s the real challenge. With the holiday fast approaching and a grand re-opening looming, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he’s been given?

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from Grand Central Publishing – Forever via NetGalley.*

Kaitlyn inherited her grandparent’s bed in breakfast, which was perfect because she needed something good to happen in her life. A new beginning. What she didn’t anticipate was being only partial owner.

Mitch didn’t want to own a bed and breakfast. He surely didn’t want to be back in his home town. He wanted to walk away from it all, but something about Kaitlyn convinced him to follow through with the terms of the will. Then he planned to leave as quickly as possible.

Fortunately for Kaitlyn and Mitch grandmothers can play matchmaker even from beyond.

I absolutely loved the B&B guests. They all brought a uniqueness to the story that made it feel more realistic.

Christmas on Mistletoe Lane is the perfect way to put you in that loveable holiday mood. The characters are well developed and the storyline is full of little quirks and humorous moments that keep you entertained.

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