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Book Review: The Thing About Love by Julie James

Reviewed by Ami

Title: The Thing About Love
Author: Julie James
Heroine/Hero: Jessica Harlow/John Shepherd
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 368 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, M/F, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Veiled Menace by Deborah Blake

Reviewed by Ami

Title: Veiled Menace
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Veiled Magic #2
Heroine: Donata Santori
Genre: M/F Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
Length: 285 Pages
Publisher: Berkley/Intermix
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.

But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, M/F, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Audio Review: The Chosen by J.R. Ward

Reviewed by Susan65

Title: The Chosen
Author: J.R. Ward
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #15
Heroine/Hero: Layla/Xcor
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 17 Hours, 32 Minutes
Publisher: Penguin/Random House
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Audible
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Blurb: Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.
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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Audio Review, M/F, Published in 2017, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

Reviewed by Nikyta

Title: The Tears of the Rose
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Series: The Twelve Kingdoms #2
Hero/Heroine: Amelia & Ash
Genre: M/F Fantasy Romance
Length: 337 pages
Publisher: Kensington Publishing
Release Date: November 25, 2014
Available at: Kensington PublishingAmazon
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Blurb: Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…

Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?
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Categories: 2.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Reviewed by JustJen

30687916Title: Silence Fallen
Author: Patricia Briggs
Series: Mercy Thompson #10
Heroine/Hero: Mercy/Adam
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 371 Pages
Publisher: Penguin/Ace Books
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe…

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise…
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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, JustJen's Reviews, M/F, Published in 2017 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Reviewed by Susan65

30747137Title: Good Boy
Authors: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Series: WAGs #1
Heroine/Hero: Jess Canning/Blake Riley
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 269 Pages
Publisher: Rennie Roads Books
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Hosting her brother’s wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning’s life. Already the family screw-up, she can’t afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

Blake Riley sees the wedding as fate’s gift to him. Jess is the maid of honor and he’s the best man? Let the games begin. So what if he’s facing a little (fine, a lot) of resistance? He just needs to convince the stubborn blonde that he’s really a good boy with a bad rap. Luckily, every professional hockey player knows that you’ve got to make an effort if you want to score.

But Jess has more pressing issues to deal with than sexy-times with a giant man-child. Such as: Will the ceremony start on time, even though someone got grandma drunk? Does glitter ever belong at a wedding? And is it wrong to murder the best man?
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Published in 2017, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

Reviewed by Susan65

29496208Title: Blood Vow
Author: J.R. Ward
Series: Black Dagger Legacy #2
Heroine/Hero: Elise/Axe
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 459 Pages
Publisher: Random House Books/Ballantine Books
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: The Black Dagger Brotherhood continues to train the best of the best to join them in the deadly battle against the Lessening Society. Among the new recruits, Axe proves to be a cunning and vicious fighter—and also a loner isolated because of personal tragedy. When an aristocratic female needs a bodyguard, Axe takes the job, though he’s unprepared for the animal attraction that flares between him and the one he is sworn to protect.

For Elise, who lost her first cousin to a grisly murder, Axe’s dangerous appeal is enticing—and possibly a distraction from her grief. But as they delve deeper into her cousin’s death, and their physical connection grows into so much more, Axe fears that the secrets he keeps and his tortured conscience will tear them apart.

Rhage, the Brother with the biggest heart, knows all about self-punishing, and he wants to help Axe reach his full potential. But when an unexpected arrival threatens Rhage and Mary’s new family, he finds himself back in the trenches again, fighting against a destiny that will destroy all he holds most dear.

As Axe’s past becomes known, and fate seems to be turning against Rhage, both males must reach deep—and pray that love, rather than anger, will be their lantern in the darkness.
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Published in 2016, Susan65's Reviews | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Love Wins Anthology

Reviewed by Morgan 

32964696Title: Love Wins
Authors: Lucie Archer, Kris T. Bethke, Deja Black, M.A. Church, Jana Denardo, Nicole Dennis, Julie Lynn Hayes, Jude Dunn, Xenia Melzer, Grace R. Duncan, L.A. Merrill, Ravon Silvius, Renee Stevens, Alicia Nordwell, Troy Storm, Tray Ellis, David C. Dawson
Genre: MM Anthology
Length: 330 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 12, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  With time comes healing, but Orlando and the LGBT community are still recovering from last June’s tragedy. To show our ongoing support for those affected by the Orlando shooting, our authors, editors, artists, and staff have volunteered their talents to create this second benefit anthology. All proceeds will be donated to LGBT organizations in central Florida. Join us as we reaffirm that no matter the obstacle, love always wins
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Book Review: Wolf Unleashed by Paige Tyler

Reviewed by Ami

29155101Title: Wolf Unleashed
Author: Paige Tyler
Series: SWAT #5
Heroine/Hero: Lacey Barton/Alex Trevino
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Release Date: December 6, 2016
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Wolf shifter Alex Trevino has fallen hard for veterinarian Lacey Barton. Getting her to agree to a date is a lot of work—and winning her heart proves even harder.

Lacey can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex, but she has no intention of letting herself fall for him. In her less than stellar experience, men don’t stick around.

When Lacey’s sister is kidnapped, it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and prove to Lacey that he isn’t going anywhere.
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Categories: 2.5 Star Ratings, Ami's Reviews, Book Review, M/F, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Author Q&A with Elizabeth Hoyt

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What do you hope readers will take away from reading Duke of Pleasure?

Hope. That’s the theme of the book—hope and redemption through love.

What can we expect from Duke of Pleasure?

Swashbuckling. There will be lots of swashing of swords due to the fact that Alf, the heroine of Duke of Pleasure is also the Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante who protects the poor and downtrodden in London’s stews. With two swords. She’s badass.

Was there any particular research that you did for the new book?

Well, according to my Pinterest page I researched constellations…mostly, as I remember, to see how they were depicted in Georgian times and earlier. Boy, was that a research black hole—I think I looked up from my computer three hours later.

When you start writing, do you already have an ending in mind, or do you just let the narrative go where it takes you?

Yes! I have an ending in mind. It’s the middle stuff that needs working on. 😉

What’s next for you?

Right now I’m writing Duke of Desire, the twelfth and final Maiden Lane book. It’ll be out August 2017.

By the way- this is a simply wonderful series that has several of my fav genres (romance, historical London, a hint of fairy tale magic, mystery/suspense & humor) mixed to create a spectacular story. I read oodles of series but this is one of only 4 or 5 that I read immediately upon release. Thank you for such entertaining stories and characters that never fail to keep me up all night reading just one more chapter.

Thank you! I’m so glad to hear that you like Maiden Lane and that you’re continuing to like it! 😉

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About Duke of Pleasure

dukeofpleasure3_rgb300IN THE ARMS OF DANGER

Bold. Brave. Brutally handsome. Hugh Fitzroy, the Duke of Kyle, is the king’s secret weapon. Sent to defeat the notorious Lords of Chaos, he is ambushed in a London alley-and rescued by an unlikely ally: a masked stranger with the unmistakable curves of a woman.

IN THE HEAT OF DESIRE

Cocky. Clever. Courageously independent. Alf has survived on the perilous streets of St. Giles by disguising her sex. By day she is a boy, dealing in information and secrets. By night she’s the notorious Ghost of St. Giles, a masked vigilante. But as she saves Hugh from assassins, she finds herself succumbing to temptation . . .

ONE KISS WILL CHANGE THEIR LIVES FOREVER

When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

Check out Heather C’s review of Duke of Pleasure to see what she thought of it!

Available at: Amazon | B&N | iBooksGoogleKoboIndieBound

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About Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.

Find out more about Elizabeth on her Website, Twitter or Facebook.

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WICKED INTENTIONS is now FREE for a limited time!

The ebook edition of WICKED INTENTIONS, the first book in Elizabeth Hoyt’s bestselling Maiden Lane series will be FREE from November 28 through December 12!  This is a great opportunity to introduce friends to the series! On December 13 the price returns to $5.99.

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