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Review of Werewolf Baby Daddy (Packs Of The Pacific Northwest #2)

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Hot For The Werewolf

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 120 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Sera Simpson’s fears become a reality when she learns that her sister Aiza has perished in a tragic accident. The case is quickly closed, but Sera’s instincts tell her that there is more to her sister’s untimely demise than meets the eye.

It turns out that Aiza had a strange connection to the Wolf Brotherhood, a local gang of criminal werewolves. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, Sera searches Portland for any clue that will shed light on the question. What she finds instead might be an even greater boon: Seth, a gorgeous wolf who wants to help her–in more ways than one.

Seth is also on the hunt for members of the Wolf Brotherhood after two of his pack mates have gone missing. When he suggests that he and Sera combine forces in their search efforts, neither could ever dream that it would be the spark that ignites the raging fire burning between them.

This werewolf unlocks her deepest desires and has the skill and prowess to make her forget all of her troubles with a single touch. He’s like a drug, and she finds herself craving more and more. He makes her head spin and her deliciously curvy body ache for his love, and after a lust-fueled night of passion, Sera becomes pregnant with his pup.

Sera isn’t going to give up her search for answers, though. With Seth’s help, she vows to get to the bottom of the mystery once and for all. But can they find the answers they seek before the Brotherhood finds them?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Sera is Aiza’s sister and she’s comes to town because she thinks her sister’s ‘death’ was murder and not an accident. She wants to get to the bottom of it and not even her own safety will stop her.

Seth is in town looking for his missing pack mates when Sera literally stops him in his tracks. And by stops I mean she hits him with her car.

Deciding to work together since they’re both looking into the same brotherhood Sera and Seth become close…and fast. I mean it’s not title Werewolf Baby Daddy for nothing.

They discover the deceit Dwight told and that Aiza is still alive, but she wasn’t exactly dishing out the sisterly love. And with Sera having to worry about her own child now, she has to put herself first.

Prepared for the fallout but feeling it’s unlikely Seth will turn his focus to making an honest woman out of the one he loves. The rest we’ll have to discover in book three, The Wolf Pack’s Revenge.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Review of Wrong For Me (Motor City Royals) by Jackie Ashenden

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The Only Way To Play Is Dirty!

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 300 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

After eight years in prison, Levi Rush is finally out and back on the gritty streets of Detroit to claim the future he was owed. A future that includes the one woman he’s wanted for years—his former best friend Rachel. She’s the reason he went inside and if getting her to do what he wants means buying the building that houses her tattoo studio and using it as leverage, then that’s what he’ll do. Because if there’s one thing he’s learned inside it’s that if you want to win, you have to play dirty.

Rachel Hamilton is a tattoo artist and one hell of a tough girl. Detroit is her home, and she’s determined to make it a better place. But her plans are threatened when her old friend Levi reappears and gives her an ultimatum: she gives herself to him body and soul, or else she and her business are out on the street. Levi’s got no room in his heart for anything but anger and the lust he’s been carrying around for so long. But the only thing stronger than the secrets of their shared past is their fiery attraction to each other . . .

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review*

Levi Rush has been in prison for eight years. Now that he is being released he wants revenge on the one person that sent him there. Trying to protect his best friend all those years ago turned out to be a slap in the face. She did not go to see him in all of those years. Now that Levi owns some of the property in Royals he has leverage.

Rachel Hamilton knew without a doubt when Levi returned to Royals she would have to give him some answers. What she didn’t count on was him being the owner of the building that holds her tattoo shop. Settling for a life in Royal, Detroit as a tattoo artist is not what she had in mind all of those years ago.

Levi and Rachel were the best of friends growing up. Levi loved Rachel but did not express his feelings until he had enough money to get them out of this small town. When he followed her into an alley one night he knew he had to protect her, even if it meant killing a man. Now that he is out and holds a grudge against Rachel for making him suffer he wants to claim all of her and he will play dirty to make that happen.

This is the second book in the Motor City Royals series. This was a good read. I felt Levi went a little over board with his arrogance against all of his friends. It seemed the argument of blame went the entire length of the book but I guess spending eight years in prison for someone can bring out that side of you. I really liked Rachel. She tries so hard to be tough but she has her own faults and will not be pushed around by Levi.

Mindy 3.5 Star 

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Review of Blue Vision (Code of Endhivar #1) by Marie Lavender

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Stay With Me

 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy

Book Length (Est.): 200 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for awhile. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, this human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Brooke is running from life, from commitment, pretty much from everything. What she never expected was to find everything she was running from in the form of a sexy mysterious stranger who made her suddenly want everything she had been fearful of.

Colin was only supposed to be scouting the planet, he never expected to find his true mate or for her to be human. Confused between what to do, follow his directive for the good of his people or follow his heart, he chooses what’s right for him. But in his world some things aren’t as they seem and he’ll have to rethink everything he’s ever known in hopes of doing what is right.

“Does it hurt?”

“Only when you’re not with me.”

Blue Vision puts a romantic and erotic spin on alien/human relationships. There is a little bit of an altercation, but not really any suspense leading up to it. It’s like ‘Bam! Yep, that just happened and now lets continue with the regularly scheduled programming.’ The relationship between Brooke and Colin is unusual since he tries denying his feelings and basically forcing her to forget about him by using one of his not so nice alien gifts; not that it works. After that it just sort of evolves, and considering her holdups on relationships it happens pretty quickly.

To me this can be read as a standalone. There’s a HEA and although you might want more there’s no need for it.

 

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Blog Tour: Review of Tell Me Again by Michelle Major

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Love Comes Full Circle

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 266 pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

As a teenager, Samantha Carlton used a career in modeling to break free from her painful childhood—walking away from her reckless twin sister, an alcoholic mother, and the boy she loved. Yet she never outran the guilt of abandoning her family. When the past shows up on her doorstep in the form of her late sister’s daughter, Sam opens her home and her heart to the girl she never knew existed. But it’s not so easy to face the man she left behind…

Sam had shattered Trevor Kincaid’s heart, and he’d sought comfort in her sister’s arms. But he’d pledged to shield his daughter, Grace, from the drama that followed the Carlton women. Now Grace has tracked down Sam, and Trevor is forced to deal with the one woman he wanted to forget.

History has a way of repeating itself, and the sparks between Sam and Trevor reignite an old flame. But as much as Sam wants a new future, is walking away again easier than risking her heart for a second chance at love?

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Montlake Romance in exchange for an honest review*

Samantha Carlton walked away from her reckless mother and twin sister as a teenager. Making her way into the modeling world she never forgot the boy she left behind. Now that she is retired from the modeling world and making a new life for herself she runs a place that helps teens. She always felt bad for leaving her family and not being able to save her sister. When she comes home to find a girl in her house that looks just like her, her heart stops. She knows for sure that this is her sister’s daughter.

Trevor Kincaid has been raising a child on his own for thirteen years. Shielding her from the pain in the world and giving her a good life. The one thing that he did not expect was for her to run away in search of a woman that she believes is her mother.

Samantha is overwhelmed to find out that she has a niece after all these years. She has missed so much in her life. The one thing that shatters her the most is the girls father. Her one true love that she left behind had a baby with her twin sister and he has made sure to keep her out of the girls life in fear of the craziness that comes from the Carlton’s might catch up with his daughter. When Grace finds Samantha she wants to have a relationship with her aunt but will her father allow it?

The one thing that Samantha and Trevor know for sure is their feelings towards each other never really dissolved.

This was a really good storyline. Sometimes you have to deal with your past and let it come around full circle. Samantha has some really good friends that will back her up in any situation and an ex-love that just happens to be the father of her niece. Sometimes I felt that I was losing interest in the story but then it would grab my attention again. Overall this is a good read. 

Mindy 3.5 Star 

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Blog Tour: Review of A Fool For You (Foolproof Love #3) by Katee Robert

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Playing Dirty to Win

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 141 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

It’s been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.

Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…

Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.

Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.

Each book in the Foolproof Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Foolproof Love
Book #2 Fool Me Once
Book #3 A Fool for You

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Hope didn’t only lose her brother, she’d lost the only man she’d ever loved, and going back to the town she’d run away from so long ago was only destine to bring her heartache. Visiting her brother’s grave was hard, but running into her ex was excruciating…of course who could tell from the way she moaned his name.

Daniel held onto a lot of guilt over the years. He didn’t think he deserved a happily ever after, but if he could create a balance, right a wrong, then that would be close enough to ease his conscience a little. When Hope shows up on his doorstep with pregnancy tests he’d thought maybe that balance wasn’t so far out of reach anymore.

“When you look at me like that, I forget all the reason I promised to leave you alone.”

She’s set on going. He’s set on making her stay. They’ll butt heads, break each other down, and yet ALWAYS give into their maddening desires for each other.

A Fool For You will show you what it’s like to have loved, lost, and then loved again. Its a circling journey that will show you why you never give up on those once in a lifetime kind of things.

The characters are loveable, the storyline emotional, and the sex rough and passionate. The downside, which completely shocks me to say, is that everything seems to be solved with sex. After a while it seems almost monotonous.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Hope shook her head. “You’re as much an idiot now as you were then.”

And then she kissed him.

It caught him a little off guard—he hadn’t expected her to be the one to make the first move, especially after the way the scene in the bathroom had gone down—but Daniel wasted no time taking control. He kissed down her neck, sliding his hands beneath her shirt and skating them up to her body to cup her breasts. They filled his palms, familiar and yet not, all at the same time. He cursed. “Gorgeous Darling, the things you do to me.” He nipped her collarbone. “I’m going to taste you, so if you’re going to change your mind, now’s the time to do it.”

Her only response was to shove her yoga pants down to her knees.

He lifted her onto the counter and disentangled her right leg from the pants so he could spread her fully. He stroked her thighs, pausing when his fingers met the scar. It brought up so many conflicting feelings in him. It was his fault that she had the damn thing, but that didn’t mean he thought of her as less, the way she seemed to think. She was as beautiful now as she’d been at eighteen, and more confident despite her injury. Or maybe because of it. He had no idea.

All he knew was that at some point he was going to have to get up close and personal with her healed injury, and he was going to have to tread very, very carefully to avoid burning what was left of the bridge between him and Hope.

“If you apologize, I might actually kick you.”

That snapped him out of it. As much as he wanted Hope, he had an ulterior motive for pushing her now. All getting distracted by her leg was going to do was fuck up his chance of convincing her to stay, in his house and in his bed. He jerked her to the edge of the counter, spreading her thighs wider. “Don’t scream. You’ll upset Ollie.”

And then he did what he’d been fantasizing about ever since he walked out of her life. Daniel dipped his head and gave her center one long lick. She tasted better than he remembered, her body already shaking for him, so he used his thumbs to part her folds and licked her again, reacquainting himself with every inch of her.

“Oh.”

He looked up her body to find her head thrown back and her chest rising and falling with each harsh breath. “Take off your shirt.”

Hope wasted no time obeying, dragging the material over her head and tossing it away. And then there was nothing hiding her body from his gaze. He licked her again, savoring the way she shook. A tattoo curling around the bottom of her ribs caught his eye, but he was too distracted to read it.

He was tired of teasing her. He wanted to feel her orgasm again, to know she was coming apart at the seams because of him. Daniel sucked her clit into his mouth, stroking the sensitive little nub with the flat of his tongue the way she’d always loved. Sure enough, before he had a chance to truly savor her, Hope cried out his name and shuddered, her thighs squeezing his head as she came. He gentled his touches, licks turning to kisses, turning to the slightest brushing of his lips against her. Only when she stopped shaking did he raise his head. “Stay, at least until we figure out what we’re doing.”

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Review of Lionheart: a Beauty & the Beast Retelling by Fran Seen

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A Tale As Old As Time

 

Genre: New Adult, Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 237 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

An Arab-American soldier and a stargazing woman connect in this high-tech Beauty and the Beast retelling.

In an attempt to pay off her family’s debts, Lula answers a Craigslist ad for a job opening at the formerly vacant Bluegrass Manor. A stern and brooding man offers her the job, but there’s a catch—Lula isn’t allowed to look at him. No one in the manor has ever laid eyes on Mr. Rahim’s face. Although, Mr. Rahim has eyes on everyone—security footage relays on a constant loop in his office.

Everything Lula isn’t meant to notice about Mr. Rahim intrigues her: the cadence of his accented voice, the stoutness of his build, and his self-imposed prison that mirrors her own.

Lionheart is a romance of huge stakes that asks one question: Is love enough to mend a broken soul?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Alo is a wounded vet, not only physically, but mentally. He wanted to hide away and watch the world through a monitor. It was safer that way. Uncomplicated. That is until he hires a new maid who intrigues more and more as he watches her. It is a little creepy stalkerish, but as you get know him it’s easy to understand and dismiss.

“I was a total pervert. I watched Miss Fowler move around the manor like she was my favorite movie on repeat, monitoring her each day with renewed interest, picking up on details I hadn’t yet noticed.”

Lulu has a problem, she sacrifices herself to others even when they don’t ask. She thinks she needs to take care of everyone in her life, that she’s somehow responsible for them, but in return all she gets is heartache and unneeded stress. Problem is, she can’t seem to help herself.

Lionheart is a slow paced and endearing retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It takes two broken people and puts them together to make them whole and content while overcoming their own insecurities.

I’ve read similar books to this before and I’ve read it done it better. There’s no passion, nothing to draw you in and hold you captive, it’s more of a slow calm with an occasional hiccup of excitement. I wanted to only give it three stars, but there’s this part in the book when Alo has a discussion with someone, which includes a bat, and it pretty much made the entire book better for me. That and the texts. They were entertaining and sometimes quite funny.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Blog Tour – Review of The Earl of Ice by Helen A. Grant

The Earl of Ice

A Little Heat Can Melt Ice 

 

Genre: Historical Romance

Book Length (Est.): 137 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Rollo Stannington, the Earl of Brockwood, is considered a wonderful catch by the mamas of the ton. He is young, handsome and extremely wealthy. What mother can resist having him as a son-in-law? If only their daughters didn’t pale and tremble in his presence and beat a hasty retreat as soon as they could! Rollo, nicknamed “The Earl of Ice” because of his frigid demeanor, welcomes this reaction. He has no intention of marrying. Ever. 

Dianna Wells, a young debutante, is immune to Rollo’s coldness. Where other ladies stand tongue tied before him, she chats gaily and comfortably with him. She even enjoys dancing with him. No one knows that Rollo and Diana share a devastating secret. One that draws them together yet will ultimately test their growing attraction to each other…

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Romance Addict Book Blog in exchange for an honest review*

Rollo has an icy exterior, but the more you get to know him the more you realize he’s a very sweet man and he has good reason for that iciness. There are secrets he holds near and dear and due to his status he’d never want to get out. Lucky for him there’s someone who not only knows his secret, but understands why he is the way he is.

Dianna witnessed something as a child that she never told a soul and now that she’s a debutante she runs into those same familiar eyes and knows there’s no way he can be as cold as everyone thinks he is. Where others are afraid of Rollo, she is not. Opposite actually. She is quite taken with him.

“You must call me by my name, not ‘my lord.'”

“You wish for me to call you ‘Earl of Ice’?” teased Diana

Rollo did not smile but his eyes twinkled with laughter as he replied, “Rollo will be quite adequate.”

When things go bad for Dianna, Rollo feels that he could have prevented things before they happened and therefore feels a sense of debt to her. He’ll try to make things right and when he seems to only make things worse he’ll follow his heart and do what he should have done in the very beginning.

Their relationship crosses the journey of time and evolves into quite the happy ending.

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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