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BLOG TOUR: Review of Legend’s Promise (Legends of Dare #1) by Dani Jace

“She might as well have drained his brain with his dick.”

 

Genre:Paranormal Romance, Suspense

Book Length (Est.): 91 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Hawk shifter, and bad-boy biker, Shane Cheveyo spent years trying to outride his secret life and memories of his first love, who left without a word. When his great-grandfather, the legendary chieftain of their tribe passes to his next life, Cheyenne is drawn back home to the Outer Banks of North Carolina out of respect for her heritage. Rekindled passion reveals their true magical natures, but will it save them or separate their destinies forever. (This is an enhanced re-release of White Doe with new title and cover)

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Book Enthusiast Promotions in exchange for an honest review*

Shane is one determined man. He knows that he want Cheyenne back and he’ll stop at nothing to make it happen. Of course it doesn’t take much convincing because Cheyenne is drawn to Shane just as much as he is to her.

Legend’s Promise is a Native American tale about tribal history, customs, and the power that lie in their blood. Cheyenne is unique and her gifts hold great mystery. Shane loves being able to shift and soar high above, but keeping it secret from the woman he loves is killing him. What he doesn’t know is that she has a secret of her own. Seems a lot of people in this book have “secrets”. You’d figure with them all being part of the same tribe that they’d share information like that. Maybe the new chief will change the system.

There is a little suspense, but when it came right down to it the suspenseful moment I was waiting for fell completely flat. I was disappointed there wasn’t more to it, especially when it was hyped up here and there throughout the story. The ending is fast. Like boom, boom, done. It’s like everyone settles into the roles they were meant to have and then tied it all up with a ring.

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Excerpt:

She gripped the counter behind her. He’d never believed the bit about her mom changing jobs. If she revealed the real reason they’d left Manteo, he’d think her insane. “I’d never betray you, Shane.” Her words spilled out, sounding breathless.

The back of his knees hit the chair, skidding it backward. It tipped over as he closed in on her like a predator. His eyes darkened to molten caramel as his nostrils flared. Over two hundred pounds of sinewy muscles trapped her against the counter while large hands rested at her lower back.

Stunned, she froze. Anger and passion mixed. The pungent aroma of whiskey wafted from masculine lips hovering inches from hers.

In mocked defiance, she raised her chin. The act forced him to pause, but only for a second, before claiming her mouth.

Savagely.

Branding her.

As he had when she was sixteen.

Freewill gone, she melted into his hard embrace and prodding erection. His tongue swept past her teeth with hunger as he lifted her onto the counter.

“God, Chey.” He hissed, squeezing her ass, making her wet with need.

His hands roved under her skirt, skimming the tops of her thighs until his fingers caught the band of her silk thong. Like a hunter, he shredded the flimsy barrier.

Her head fell back in surrender as her hips bucked forward. Far better than whiskey, his touch drugged her, weakened her defenses. Nothing had changed.

 

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Review of Claimed By Power (Empire of Angels #1) by Zoey Ellis

“I trained you to protect yourself.”

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Book Length (Est.): 188 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

Not all angels are angelic…

Thea Robinson has never needed anyone’s charity. Sure, her impoverished existence isn’t desired by most, but her ability to manipulate people’s emotions helps her to blend into the shadows of an unforgiving city. When hideous creatures threaten her life, a surly but gorgeous stranger shows up revealing a world she didn’t know existed. She refuses to put up with his rude, arrogant attitude, but how do you dismiss a warrior angel? And does she really want to when his stormy gaze sends delicious thrills straight to her core?

Cam is one of the most ruthless Power angels in the fight against evil. His devotion to kill demons has made him a celebrated warrior in the Angel Realm, even though his motivation stems from grief. When he is assigned to train and protect a half-angel just coming into her abilities, his rage is unparalleled. Until he realizes Thea isn’t like any others. She stirs a carnal passion in him that he can’t shake. He never counted on her being so beautiful… so fierce… so most definitely his.

Jennifer’s Review: 

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

Thea knows she can manipulate people’s emotions, it’s saved her on more than one occasion, but that doesn’t mean she understands how she’s able to do it. When Cam confronts her and tells her what she is she’s extremely hostile with him. She’s a survivor; always doing whatever it takes. Cam wants her to be a warrior; something she’s not entirely sure she’s capable of, at least not by herself.

Cam is a demon killing angel. He’s a warrior. And when he gets his new assignment, training, he isn’t too thrilled at the prospect. After meeting Thea he’ll discover she’ll drive him insane, push his boundaries, make him want to renig on a vow, and ultimately make him do anything to have her beside him.

Their connection is destined. Their bond tight. Now if only those pesky human emotions didn’t hinder everything.

Claimed by Power has a few passionate moments, some semi-intense battle moments, and a whole lot of girlie attitude. It did seem to kind of fall flat for me in spots, but I have hope that Empire of Angels #2 will dig a little deeper into the characters and develop into something even better.

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Review of Bossed by Sloane Howell

Sorry, does my love of baseball offend you?

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 203 pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

He’s the boss. But she’s ready to take charge. 

Jenny: Job interviews are a bitch under the best of circumstances, but when your potential boss is the world’s biggest prick, that’s when you should simply walk away. It’s just that I need this job so badly—and I’m mesmerized by Ethan Mason’s piercing gaze. Men like him aren’t supposed to exist in real life. But under the tailored suits and GQ looks, Ethan simmers with barely restrained ambition. And no matter how hard I work to fight the attraction, I’m going to get burned.

Ethan: You don’t become a top agent without learning how to close a deal. I always get what—or who—I want, by staying cool and in command. Then Jenny Jackson walks into my office with her lush curves and “screw you” attitude and blows away my intentions of keeping things professional. All I can think about is exploring the perfect body hidden beneath those conservative clothes or shutting her saucy mouth with one hot kiss. Jenny’s worth breaking the rules over—if I can convince her to break the rules for me. 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from Netgalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Jenny Jackson hates to interview. When you need a job, you go all in. Her boss is going to be the most arrogant beautiful man she has ever seen. Landing the job will set her attitude and skin on fire.

Ethan Mason has a thing for Jenny’s sassiness. So much so that he wants to explore her hidden features. Putting him in his place during the interview did not help at all. He knows that Jenny is the right person for the job but he needs to teach her to control her mouth.

This was a fun read. Jenny and Ethan clashed at first. I think because they both want to be alphas in life. In the end they found their middle ground. The chemistry was hot between them. Overall this was a good read.

 

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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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