REVIEW: Meant To Be Mine by Lisa Maria Perry

Book CoverTabs’ review of Meant to Be Mine (Guilty Pleasures, Book 1) by Lisa Marie Perry
Contemporary Romance published by Forever 30 Aug 2016

In a new contemporary series from Lisa Marie Perry, a woman is forced to confront her past if she wants to move on with her present, after her great aunt suddenly passes. Sofia Mercer returns to Eaves, Massachusetts for her aunt’s funeral with her best friend in tow and finds herself suddenly saddled with a large dog, a prosperous sex shop, and boatload of buried issues. Burke Wolf lives as a reclusive fisherman, hasn’t seen Sofia since they were teenagers, and is not at all prepared for a reunion.

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REVIEW: Whispers on the Wind by Caroline Fyffe

Book CoverSandy M’s review of Whispers on the Wind (Prairie Hearts, Book 5) by Caroline Fyffe
Historical Romance published by Montlake Romance 30 Aug 16

It’s always such a treat to revisit favorite places and characters in a series you’ve read from the beginning, isn’t it? Caroline Fyffe’s Prairie Hearts series has been an absolute pleasure since the first book, Where the Wind Blows. I always enjoy taking a stroll through Logan Meadows with the charming characters who grace their streets. Hunter and Tabitha are the newest residents in town, and their destinies become entwined very quickly.

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REVIEW: Wild Embrace by Nalini Singh

Book CoverTabs’ review of Wild Embrace (Psy-Changeling, Book 15.5) by Nalini Singh
Paranormal Romance published by Berkley 23 Aug 16

Nalini Singh returns to her Psy-Changeling world with a new collection of four never-before-published novellas. I, for one, have always really enjoyed how Singh takes the time to explore and flesh out some of the fringes of the main Psy-Changeling stories with her novellas. This nice collection is pretty much par for the course there. I really enjoyed the majority of the stories, but had a major case of trope-hate with one.

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REVIEW: Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales by Sharon Lynn Fisher

Book CoverShannon C’s review of Before She Wakes: Forbidden Fairy Tales by Sharon Lynn Fisher
Fantasy Erotica published by Loveswept on 19 Jul 16

I am not the audience for this book. I kept thinking of a particular friend of mine as I was reading, wishing she were the one writing the review, because I think she would have gotten everything out of it that the author was trying to convey. Me, I just didn’t read the blurb carefully enough. I thought I was getting an anthology of fantasy-themed short romance novellas, but these stories are erotica. I enjoy erotica every now and then, but this collection wouldn’t have been my first choice. It might be yours, though, so read on for my thoughts on each of these stories.

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REVIEW: Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery

Book CoverVeena’s review of Daughters of the Bride by Susan Mallery
Contemporary Romance published by HQN Books 12 Jul 16

Ms. Mallery is one of my favorite authors. She delivers romance and happily ever after but touches the heartstrings of her readers during the process.  This book comes closer to my heart than most since I, too, am one of three sisters.  As the sisters plan their mother’s wedding and celebrate her happiness, they work through their own complicated relationships with each other, as well as journey to finding their own happily ever after.

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REVIEW: Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon

Book CoverShannon C’s review of Valley of the Moon by Melanie Gideon
Paranormal women’s fiction published by Ballantine 26 Jul 16

I was drawn to this book because it sounded like an interesting cross between Brigadoon and The Time Traveler’s Wife. Though it isn’t precisely a romance, it works well as women’s fiction, and is one of the more pleasant surprises I’ve gotten as I’ve begun to review again. It’s taken me a while to write down my feelings about this book, but it’s one that has definitely lingered in the back of my mind.
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REVIEW: Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long

Book CoverC2’s review of Hot in Hellcat Canyon (Hellcat Canyon, Book 1) by Julie Anne Long
Contemporary Romance released by Avon 31 May 16

What’s this, Faithful Reader?? A new contemporary series from one of my favorite historical authors?! I am here for it!! But will she be able to switch gears and produce a truly contemporary voice? Or will it basically be a historical wearing modern clothes? KEEP READING, won’t you?

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REVIEW: Scarecrow’s Dream by Flo Fitzpatrick

Book CoverStevie‘s review of Scarecrow’s Dream by Flo Fitzpatrick
Urban Fantasy published by Samhain 21 Jun 16

I have a certain fondness for romances that feature ghosts, whether as a means to move the plot along or as one of the chief protagonists. Of course, in the latter case, it tends to help if a way can be found to reverse or negate the event that led to one half of our couple being a ghost in the first place. Such is the dilemma in Holly’s story; when she comes ’round following a serious motorbike accident, involving a fall from a high bridge, she assumes she’s had a lucky escape to wash up on the banks of the river. However, when she makes her way home, she finds that four decades have gone by since her mysterious disappearance – as everyone assumed – and that her beloved father has been dead for much of that time as well.

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REVIEW: Just What I Needed by Lorelei James

Book CoverVeena’s review of Just What I Needed (Need You, Book 2) by Lorelei James
Contemporary Romance published by Signet 02 Aug 16 

This is the second chapter in the delightful Need You series which started with Brady Lund.  It’s his brother Walker who’s up this go-round. He’s gorgeous and women fall all over him, but he’s also a fixer-upper which seems to have translated to very needy girlfriends in his past.  Trinity Carlson is an artist, she’s dreamy but knows what she wants and goes after it. She makes quite the first impression on him when she walks up to him and gives him a kiss that makes his head spin.  That makes for a delicious start to the story. Read on for a peak into where does it goes from here for this Lund boy.

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EXCERPT: Criminal by K.B. Hoyle

Book CoverPria is learning to live outside the rigid confines of Sanctuary making new friends and learning new skills. . For a woman who was recently a cog in the great United World Order, she ‘s becoming an individual with a name, feelings, and aspirations.

Out of the two men in her life, Pax continues to fascinate her, despite Henri’s interest in a relationship between them. Pax, however, continues to avoid any deeper intimacies beyond a couple of kisses, even as he always seems to be in the right place to save her any time she’s in a tough spot or under fire. With his severe headaches, there is definitely something wrong with Pax, and, despite all of Pria’s attempts, he manages to keep her at arm’s length.

In the meantime, the UWO forces are becoming more sophisticated, and it will take Pria stepping up to put her life on the line one more time to find a way to convince the other rebels to rise up as a single entity against a common enemy.

Summary:

Following the horrors she discovered in the basement of Sanctuary and her miraculous rescue at the end of Breeder, there is no longer any doubt in Pria’s mind that the Unified World Order and their goals for humanity are wicked. But convincing the rest of the world will be another story. When it’s revealed that the files she’d stolen from Sanctuary are worthless to the rebel cause, Pria and the other Free Patriots must scramble to come up with another way to convince the rest of the criminals to rise up in open revolution before the UWO’s monsters hunt down and destroy them all. But Pria still knows so little about liberty and self-determination, and her tenuous grasp of human nature complicates her role in the rebellion as she finds herself torn between Pax, her ever-present protector, and Henri, her good-natured friend. As she works through figuring out her feelings, she becomes increasingly anxious for Pax, who displays symptoms of a disturbing ailment, even as he withdraws from Pria.

Free Patriots from outside Asylum bring with them a new plan to infiltrate the seemingly impregnable UWO machine, and Pria is once again at the center of the plan. This time, though, she must be willing to erase her identity, just as she’s beginning to figure out who she is. It’s a sacrifice she thinks she’s ready to make to take down the UWO and save the world, but she has no idea just how difficult it will be.

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