Posts Tagged With: Berkley

Book Review: Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh

Reviewed by Nikyta

9875509Title: Archangel’s Consort
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #3
Hero/Heroine: Elena & Raphael
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 337 pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: January 25, 2011
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil…

A vampire has attacked a girls’ school–the assault one of sheer, vicious madness–and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood. Then Raphael himself begins to show signs of an uncontrolled rage, as inexplicable storms darken the city skyline and the earth itself shudders.

The omens are suddenly terrifyingly clear.

An ancient and malevolent immortal is rising. The violent winds whisper her name: Caliane. She has returned to reclaim her son, Raphael. Only one thing stands in her way: Elena, the consort who must be destroyed…
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, M/F, Nikyta's Reviews, Published in 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Just a Summer Fling by Cate Cameron

Guest Reviewed by Ami

23637854Title: Just a Summer Fling
Author: Cate Cameron
Series: Sullivan Lake #1
Heroine/Hero: Ashley Carlsen/Josh Sullivan
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Sullivan Lake, Vermont, has plenty of attractions for movie star Ashley Carlsen—pristine nature, local color, and a handyman with a bad reputation for all the right reasons…

Ashley’s movie-star life is starting to feel like an act. She’s desperate to be taken seriously, and after her boyfriend’s affair with a costar, she’s ready for a new scene. A vacation at Sullivan Lake with Hollywood power player Jasmine McArthur might be the answer to all her problems. And according to Jasmine, all Ashley needs is a hot summer fling with local stud Josh Sullivan.

After one look at the handsome handyman, Ashley has a hard time saying no. But Josh is tired of playing boy toy for rich women like Jasmine and her friends. As determined as he is to stay away, he can’t shake the feeling that Ashley is different—and he can’t help noticing her auburn hair and dancing green eyes. But when their budding romance hits the tabloids, will it be another Hollywood scandal, or happily ever after?
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Prince’s Gambit by C.S. Pacat

Reviewed by Gyn 

1Title: Prince’s Gambit
Author: C.S. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince #2
Heroes: Damen/Laurent
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 416 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master, Prince Laurent, must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself increasingly drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Flight From Death by Yasmine Galenorn

Guest Reviewed by Ami

1Title: Flight From Death
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Series: Fly by Night #1
Heroine/Hero: Shimmer/Alex
Genre: MF Urban Fantasy
Length: 336 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  I’m Shimmer, a blue dragon shifter. Thanks to a mistake, I was exiled from the Dragon Reaches and sentenced to work for Alex Radcliffe, a vampire who owns the Fly by Night Magical Investigations Agency. Now, not only do I have to adapt to Earthside culture, but every time I turn around, somebody’s trying to kill us. And worse, Alex is as gorgeous as he is exasperating. But you know what they say: All’s fair in love and bounty hunting…

When an old friend of Alex contacts him about a haunting at the High Tide Bed & Breakfast in Port Townsend, Washington, we think we’re on a simple ghost hunt. But our investigation quickly transforms into a deadly fight as we uncover an eighty-year-old murder, a cursed house, and a dark force trapping the spirits within. To stop impending disaster we must break the curse and lay the angry spirits to rest.
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Categories: 3.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Captive Prince: Volume One by S.U. Pacat

Guest Reviewed by Gyn

1Title: Captive Prince: Volume One
Author: S.U. Pacat
Series: Captive Prince #1
Heroes: Damen/Damianos and Prince Laurent
Genre: MM Fantasy
Length: 241 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 7, 2015 (3d Ed.)
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  “This was Vere, voluptuous and decadent, country of honeyed poison”
Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the truthful heir to the throne of Akielos, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.

Beautiful, manipulative and deadly, his new master Prince Laurent epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.

For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…
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Categories: 5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Book Review: Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley

Guest Reviewed by Ami

1Title: Mate Bond
Author: Jennifer Ashley
Series: Shifters Unbound #7
Heroine/Hero: Kenzie/Bowman
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Penguin/Berkley
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.

To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.

Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Below the Belt by Jeanette Murray

Guest Reviewed by Ami

1Title: Below the Belt
Author: Jeanette Murray
Series: First to Fight #1
Heroine/Hero: Marianne Cook/Brad Costa
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  There’s more than one way to win in the debut of the First to Fight series…

Athletic trainer Marianne Cook is ready to do whatever it takes to turn the men of the Marine Corps boxing team into fighting machines. After all, her ultimate goal is to land a job training professional athletes. But when she notices a certain hard-bodied marine trying to hide an injury, Marianne realizes that she’ll have to use covert tactics to get him talking.

First Lieutenant Brad Costa has waited years for the chance to fight for a spot on the Marine Corps boxing team, knowing he has to push twice as hard to get half as far as his younger counterparts. Brad tries to downplay his injuries to the attractive trainer who has his dreams in her hands, but Marianne isn’t buying it. Maybe it’s time to deploy some targeted flattery.

As Brad and Marianne’s attraction turns red-hot, there’s more than one person having a hard time keeping their eyes on the prize…
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Categories: 2.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Still the One by Jill Shalvis

Guest Reviewed by Ami

1Title: Still the One
Author: Jill Shalvis
Series: Animal Magnetism #6
Heroine/Hero: Darcy Stone/A.J. Colten
Genre: MF Contemporary Romance
Length: 320 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Available at:  Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Darcy Stone is game for anything — except sexy Navy veteran and physical therapist A.J. Colten, the guy who’d rejected her when she’d needed him most. Now the shoe is on the other foot and he needs her to play nice and help him secure grants for his patients. Unfortunately, Darcy can’t refuse. She needs the money to fund her passion project: rescuing S&R dogs and placing them with emotionally wounded soldiers.

A.J. admits it — Darcy is irresistible. But he’s already been battle-scarred by a strong-willed, vivacious, adventurous woman like Darcy, and he’s not making the same mistake twice—until he and Darcy are forced to fake a relationship. Growing closer than they’d ever imagined possible, Darcy and AJ have to ask themselves: how much between them is pretend? What’s the real thing? And where does it go from here?
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Categories: 4 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2015 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Wickedly Wonderful by Deborah Blake

Guest Reviewed by Ami

1Title: Wickedly Wonderful
Author: Deborah Blake
Series: Baba Yaga #2
Heroine/Hero: Beka Yancy/Marcus Dermott
Genre: MF Paranormal
Length: 352 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Available at:  Berkley, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb:  Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…
Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life…
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Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Carolina Blues by Virginia Kantra

Guest Reviewed by Ami

20949468Title: Carolina Blues
Author: Virginia Kantra
Series: Dare Island #4
Heroine/Hero: M/F Contemporary Romance
Genre: Lauren Patterson/Jack Rossi
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Available at: Berkley, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Jack Rossi is Dare Island’s new police chief. The laid-back North Carolina community is just what he needs to recover from a rocky marriage and a big-city police department. He’s learned his lesson: no more high-profile women or high-pressure jobs. The last thing he wants is an unconventional alt girl rocking his world.

Grad student Lauren Patterson made headlines when she kept a bank robbery from going bad. She’s fled to Dare Island to clear her head and focus on writing her story. However, sexy Jack Rossi is a distraction that’s too hot to ignore, and it’s igniting an affair too combustible to resist—or quit.

But when their pasts come looking for them, Jack and Lauren find themselves fighting for the future they deserve, whatever the price.
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Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, M/F, Published in 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment