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 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 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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Review of An Unlikely Setup (Welcome to Otter Tail #1) by Margaret Watson

“You should come with a warning label…”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 200 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

After a disastrous business decision plunged her into debt, Maddie Johnson had only one way to save herself – return to Otter Tail, Wisconsin, sell her godfather’s pub and start over. But the best laid plans…

Quinn Murphy, her former crush and the man she least wanted to see, is running the pub. He wants to buy it, and he’s willing to play dirty. Too bad Maddie can’t afford to take his bid and get out of town.

Maddie hasn’t seen Quinn since a humiliating night fifteen years ago. But she never forgot him. She’s still drawn to him – even though getting involved with Quinn would be an utter disaster.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The last thing Maddie wanted to do was return to Otter Tail. She used to spend the summers with her godfather, but after a humiliating one she never came back. That is until he passed away and left her everything from his house to the bar he’d owned.

“There’s a lot to be said for instant gratification.”

Quinn was supposed to buy the bar, but everything changed once the owner passed away. Now he had to convince the new owner to sell it to him for the amount he could afford. He never expected to be told no. Nor did he expect to be attracted to the woman who was basically destroying his future.

“I just like touching you.”

An Unlikely Setup puts two people who just may be destined for each other together…or rather someone they both cared for did. Even after death her godfather worked his magic knowing better than they did what they both needed.

It’s funny and quirky, not to mention a little emotional. It’s a good way to start a series and I look forward to reading more.

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Review of Without Judgment (Without #3) by Aubrey Bondurant

“Not adulting today.” 

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Length: 346 Pages

POV:  Alternating First Person

Description:

Do you know what I got for always being the good girl? A cheating ex, fake friends, and now a scandal that has even my own father ashamed of me.

No one believes it isn’t me on the video. My new bodyguard is no exception. Mason is not only my brother’s best friend, but my newly assigned babysitter who wishes he was anywhere but here.

He’s both hot and judgmental. It’s a maddening combination that has me wanting to push all his buttons.

With his bad boy vibe, alpha demeanor and the way he calls me princess, I’m convinced my draw to him is crazy. Until I learn under the tattoos and piercings there may be more than meets the eye. Turns out I may not be the only one fighting the attraction.

I’m determined not to be the helpless girl everyone thinks I am, even if it means taking drastic measures.

The question is whose side will Mason be on in the end?

*** Without Judgment is a standalone romance for mature audiences due to steamy bedroom scenes that are in no way contained to just the bedroom.***

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author.*

Everything went downhill after Avery broke up with her ‘perfect’ boyfriend. He leaked a video of him having sex, supposedly with her, although it wasn’t. She knew the truth, but no one would believe her. Her dad acts embarrassed, her friends basically tell her to enjoy the limelight, and her new bodyguard thinks he guarding some kind of party princess. She just wants it all to go away. Well…maybe not her bodyguard.

“He was sex on an angry stick.”

After the military Mason decided to open his own security company, but while starting it up his best friend aka Avery’s brother asked him to watch her until all the publicity died down and he couldn’t exactly tell him no. He would rather be doing anything else than guarding some rich princess that spent all day shopping and hanging with her friends, but he had a debt to repay.

“Are you wet for me, princess?”

 

Slowly Avery learned that none of her friends were actually friends. Her dad was always gone campaigning and all she had was the sulky bodyguard to keep her company.

“You going to take me over your knee and spank me?”

I love watching how they progressed from not caring to even talk to one another to Avery waking Mason with a water gun, to him taking her out of town (for her safety of course). That cabin was about as rustic as it could get and yet he made it perfect for her.

“I’m not as big of a prima donna as you seem to think I am. Although if there’s a spider, all bets are off. You can call me whatever you wish so long as you kill it for me.”

Without Judgment has the perfect balance of sweet and sexy, with some humor mixed in. Watching their relationship develop and watching the ups and downs of a father/daughter relationship were heartwarming. But don’t think it’s all mush. There’s a lot of chemistry between these two and when they finally give into all that heat the pages explode with their desires.

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Review of The Mate (Fire’s Edge #0.5) by Abigail Owen

“Choose me.” 

 

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Shifter Romance (Dragons)

Length: 114 Pages

POV: Third Person

Description:

Maddie Thompson’s life just fell down a rabbit hole. Finding out she’s a dragon shifter was one thing — she never quite fit into the human world, and this new reality feels… strangely right. However, discovering the next step is to choose a mate, and if she chooses wrong she’ll die, is the other side of crazy. Especially when she already left a piece of her heart with someone who didn’t want it.

To say dragon enforcer Fallon Conleth was shocked when the Mating Council summoned him as a potential mate for a newly found dragon doesn’t quite cover it. A mate is rare and precious and many dragons never find theirs. Fallon isn’t sure he’s worthy of the honor, not when so many deserve it more. He’ll just go through the motions and return home alone… until he sees Maddie. The human woman he reluctantly let walk away.

Fallon already broke Maddie’s heart once, but if he can’t convince her that they’re meant to be, she’ll die… and he won’t be far behind.

Jennifer’s Review:

*I received this book free from the author.*

The Mate starts with Fallon arriving at the mating ceremony as a representative of the blue clan. He has no interest in finding a mate. He doesn’t want to be there. He just plans on going through the motions, that is until he sees her. Maddie. His Maddie.

“You slay me, luv.”

Maddie had thought she was being targeted with all the fires that had been happening around her, but then she saw the spark jump from her fingertips and then she knew it had been her causing them so she ran. She fled her home, her job, and Fallon. Finding out she was a dragon mate was just the icing on her overwhelming cake.

It was up to the dragon mate to choose the dragon she was drawn to. The one she wanted to be mated with. It was the council’s job to provide her a selection based on the color of her mark. If she chose right she became a dragon. If she chose wrong she’d parish in her potential mate’s dragon fire. No pressure or anything.

Maddie had assumed her mate was the one who discovered what she was and brought her to the council. Then Fallon walked in and she wasn’t so sure anymore.

Fallon knew he was Maddie’s mate, felt it to his core, but he had to convince her to choose him. And he’d even stoop to begging.

“Everything about you is made for me, and I’m made for you. I want to spend the rest of my remaining years making you happy.”

The Mate takes place on the edge of a political coup, adding to the urgency for Fallon to claim Maddie as his mate in order to keep her safe. It has suspense, heated passion, and the beginning of a storyline that I cannot wait to watch develop throughout the Fire’s Edge series.

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