Monthly Archives: September 2017

Smoldering Nights by Lisa Carlisle

This novella is now called Smolder, and has been revised and expanded with new content. It was originally published as Smoldering Nights in 2012. Start the Underground Encounters series today!

First in the Underground Encounters series.

Nike loves visiting the goth club Vamps—she can exchange her firefighter uniform for a slinky fantasy outfit. There she runs into the man she’d been admiring from afar at a rock-climbing gym. He’s been the star of all her sexual fantasies, so is it any wonder they end up in his private room upstairs? Just when things begin to heat up, Michel’s enemies appear.

Michel isn’t an ordinary mortal. And someone from his past is on the hunt for vengeance. Michel and Nike are forced to run and hide out in a coastal cottage in Maine. They can’t resist their attraction and spend the nights exploring each other’s bodies while trying to sort out how they feel. Can they overcome their differences while evading the predators chasing them?

The only two female firefighters in town just happen to like to hang out at a goth/punk club on their night off.  Ok.  I’m interested.  Add sexy vampires and supernatural beings and I’m definitely interested.  

Problem is, it ended too soon.  Great build up.  Awesome sex scenes.  Way too short of a story.  I didn’t have time to really get invested in the characters before it was over.   I definitely never developed any feeling against the bad guy.  He was just there.

As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock it only got that fourth star for those hot steamy sex scenes.  Great bones, needs more meat.

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The Mercenary by Petra Landon

She’s a prisoner of the Imperial Forces. He’s a nomad with a private mercenary army. Can a desperate girl’s risky gamble and a fierce warrior’s love turn the tide of war and alter the balance of power in their slice of space?

In a distant corner of the galaxy, Quadrant Five burns in the flames of a deadly war. The Budheya people are one of the worst affected. Once the most advanced civilization in the quadrant, they now struggle under the cruel yoke of Ketaari occupation.

Saakshi
Imprisoned by the Ketaari Imperial Forces, a young Budheya girl is sent to a distant space station to work in an alehouse. For a girl who has known only hardship in her short life, things could be worse. Until an old foe walks into the alehouse.

Zoran
Zoran is Hadari’Kor – notorious across star systems for their prowess in battle. Their fierce reputation allows them to retain their independence, even as others are forced to choose sides in the war. Drawn to a weary-eyed server girl, Zoran is forced to confront age-old traditions and question his role in the war.

The Prisoner & The Mercenary
Alone, friendless and far from home, Saakshi makes a desperate gamble to trust a formidable and enigmatic stranger whose hot gaze haunts her dreams. The fallout from this improbable pact reverberates across space. As a relentless enemy hunts her, Zoran must fight to protect Saakshi through a minefield of shifting alliances. When passion ignites amidst the embers of a smoldering war, will a warrior’s quest for justice bring a mighty Empire to its knees …

Author’s Note : A spirited and resilient girl, a fierce warrior with a conscience, a fiery passion that flares amidst the debris of a deadly war and a love that will alter the fate of an entire quadrant forms the tale of The Mercenary, a standalone story that sets the scene for The War Chronicles – a collection of SciFi Romance & Space Opera tales with romance, swashbuckling adventure & a sprinkling of action.

Definitely my newest addition to Authors and series I must keep an eye out for new releases from!!  The story of a prisoner who is basically on a work release program and meets the tall dark and extremely well built man of her dreams appealed to my every favorite fantasy!  Set in space and on the edges of civilizations where roughness is a definite advantage, it takes what appears to be a small helpless female and shows us how strong and resilient she really can be.  

The author captured my imagination and my emotions both with the cultural differences they had to overcome as well as just the usual miscommunication between men and women.  I was captivated from page one and couldn’t put it down until I finished.  While it’s not technically a cliff hanger style ending, it is definitely a serial ending, leaving you with promises of more of the same.  As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, it was an easy 5 hearts for this author and her worlds!

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Daywalker’s Stone by Martha Woods

Do you love PNR?

Do you like strong female protagonists?

Alex is a hopeless romantic. It seems she is looking for love in all the wrong places. Welcome, a pack of ravenous vampires who are seeking to find the legendary power of a vampire who is able to walk around in broad daylight.

It almost seems as if fate crosses the paths of Dominic and Alex, as Dominic is drawn by Alex’s innocence, creative and rebellious young spirit. But when supernatural powers that are beyond their control start to unleash. They will have to fight of century old prophecies conjured up by a coven of ancient witches.

Will Alex regret searching for love?

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This is the first book in the Second Sight series and ends in an HEA. This story starts out funny with Alexandra on a bad Tinder date. On her way home, she is attacked by a vampire, but cared for by 2 other vampires. These 3 vampires have been watching Alex’s ancestors because the sire, Bronson, was in love with Alex’s great, great grandmother who was a powerful witch.

>The story started out with humor and a bang. The confusion as to why Bronson would try to kill Alex is never addressed. Alex falls for the vampire, Dominick, yet makes out with Bronson. The whole love interest portion of this story is odd. The chemistry between Alex and Dom never  appears. I almost felt more chemistry between Alex and Bronson.
>The witches, Cora and Estella, answer a lot of pertinent questions, but never the most important question. Alex is powerful after she is trained, but so are Cora and Estella. Why couldn’t Cora and Estella find the mysterious stone? A few pertinent plot holes are never filled. Alex is told her adoptive parents are also witches, but there aren’t any flashback scenes showing the parents with a baby Alex, discussing her potential.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Authors’ that Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving the story 4 stars.

Guardian Wolf : Black Mesa Wolves by J.K. Harper

Book 1 in the Black Mesa Wolves series by USA Today bestselling author J.K. Harper

Being a Guardian for the Black Mesa Wolf Pack meant everything to Lily Bardou. Until the night she made a fatal mistake. Since then, she’s kept her wild side tightly leashed, denying her responsibilities to both her pack and her own sensual needs.

Until Kieran Rendall stalks into her life.

Kieran’s wanted Lily for two long years, and he’s finally done waiting. Convinced she’s part of his destiny, he’s back in town with a plan: to help Lily let go of the past—and to unlock her caged passions.

This is my first J. K. Harper read – I really enjoyed this – good news is the series is now in a boxed set that I will be adding to my wish list – when I am out of amazon jail (yes spent way too much again on  books).
Lily Bardou is (or was) a Pack Guardian for the Black Mesa Wolves.  She broke pack law and has put herself on lockdown – she has done nothing physical (i.e. sex) since the incident two years ago.  Her bestie Sara, has taken it upon herself to put her back to work and take her place back as one of the Guardians.  When she enters the bar she spots Kieran Rendall and the chemistry is instant – her wolf wants to play with his wolf.
Kieran, is a guardian for another pack, and he has had a thing for her since the way he saw her handle the mistake she made two years ago.    Can he get Lily to play?  Can he get her forever?  But, the road to forever isn’t paved without a few rogue wolves that want Lily for theirs.
J. K.’s plot lines are intriguing and forward moving.  Her characters are well developed and balanced.  You are left intrigued but not hanging from a cliff.  That being said if you are in the market for a quick Shifter Romance – I highly recommend this one if not the series!
I am an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock.

Ocean’s Justice and Ocean’s Trial by Demelza Carlton #Review

Cast adrift on the Indian Ocean, eighteen-year-old Maria is saved by the crew of the steamship Trevessa.
She can’t tell them her tragic tale, so the superstitious sailors make up their own stories – and some would sacrifice her to the seas to save themselves from the coming storm.
Scottish engineer William McGregor boarded the Trevessa in search of adventure. He finds a crew convinced their ship is cursed, as he fights to protect the mysterious girl and bring her safely to shore.
When the sharks start circling and the storm closes in, are sirens more than just a myth

Ocean’s Justice”, by Demelza Carlton, is the story of a mysterious woman by the name of Maria who is discovered at sea by the ship Trevessa. On the vessel, she meets a passenger named William McGregor, and even though the idea of having a woman on board the ship does not sit well with the crew, she is taken in and looked after by said passenger. As the relationship develops, we learn more about Maria’s background and true nature…even as others on board have other plans for the young woman.

            I found this piece of fiction very detailed and realistic in the places that needed to be realistic and truly loved the fact that I was reading a very character-driven story. While this sort of setting isn’t one I normally read about, I couldn’t find anything out of place…though I think it would have been helpful if the story itself had a better indication of the time period it was set in. The use of marmite on a sandwich gave me a pretty clear idea about what part of the world we were in, though that point could also have stood to be more obvious for the reader as well. But these are honestly minor quibbles.
            What a reader gets from this tale is a solid romance story with good characters and a solid basis for the rest of the series to spring from.  The pacing might have been a little slow at times, but I found that a refreshing change from other stories that seem to dive straight in and are finished before the reader has a solid foot in the world being created. I would recommend this piece and look forward to seeing where this story goes.
(Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 
Smuggled ashore by the kind widow Merry D’Angelo, Maria begins her new life in the colonial port city of Fremantle.
With the help of a young fisherman named Tony, she fights to find her place among a people so different to her own.
Yet danger lurks beneath the surface of the turbulent harbour waters as her past races to catch up with her; threatening her future and her friends, and forcing her to choose between her old love and the new
Ocean’s Trial” is the second book in Demelza Carlton’s series entitled Ocean’s Gift. It continues the tale of Maria, now the survivor of two shipwrecks and on the run from her mother as she adapts to a quiet life in the fishing town of Fremantle. Haunted by both her family history as well as her loss of William McGregor on the doomed Trevessa,  Maria has to decide how to move on and continue with her life in two worlds.

            Having finished both this book and “Ocean’s Justice”, I have to say that this book here feels more complete on its own than the other. Maria interacts with many more characters as the story is not limited to the confines of a ship, and readers learn much more about the main character in both terms of history and motivation as she adapts more and more to the mundane world.  While the first book is a complete story in and of itself, readers get a far better look at the time and place these events are set in as well.
            The thing I find the most fascinating is how the author has taken a well-known fairy tale and made it her own by placing it in a very different and realistic setting.  She uses the contrast of romantic fantasy and realism very effectively, and the story becomes very distinctive because of that dichotomy. Her use of language is very effective as well, and she has the ability to paint a scene well with just the right amount of text. (I tend to like more descriptive tales instead of less, but she hits a fantastic balance.)  Once again, I would recommend this work to people looking for something just a little different in their romance stories…this world will ot be easily forgotten.
 
            (Independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 

I Died Yesterday by Andy Graham #Review

Revenge. Respect. Regret.

Sometimes doing the ‘right’ thing brings out the wrong in people.

I Died Yesterday – A evening with an old friend becomes a morning after that lasts for ever.
Chopper – A young man’s pursuit of his dream unearths a nightmare.
A Decision at Dusk – If you could bring someone back from the dead, would you use the power to help or hurt?
Sunflower – When the establishment fights back, they break more than the rules.
A View – Some noises are best left uninvestigated.

These stories are not happy, but they leave their mark. Some are set in our world; some are set in an alternate world (that of the Lords of Misrule series). This anthology combines dark humour, psychological terror, horror, and a splash of brightly coloured gore. It packs an emotional punch made even more harrowing by the paper-thin divide between reality and fiction.

I am an independent reviewer. This book is a collection of 5 horror short stories. Each short story feels like reading through a fun house mirror. The story seems to put the reader off balance. I kept trying to figure out the plots, but the gore for the sake of gore seemed to be the most prevalent theme. The first short story tried to shock the reader at the end, but the horrible descriptions of running over a 5 year old’s head with a car made any additional shock pale in comparison.

 

>This collection was so bizarre that only those readers with a definite love for horror and gore will like to read this book. The stories are vastly different in the characters involved, but that is the only positive part of the stories in my opinion.

 

>I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving this book 3 stars.

 


Bad Omen by Amir Lane #review

NOTE: This book can be read alone but is recommended to be read after Shadow Maker.

Lindy Lindemann always thought she would like to work in a library. Instead, she’s a police dispatcher using her abilities as a precognizant to help the people and feed information to the police when she can. One by one, the high-ranking witches in the city start being picked off, and after every murder, a man identifying himself only as A calls to let her know it’s him.

With the police quickly running out of leads, Lindy is brought in to work with the lead detective, Dick Hobard. Lindy discovers that these killings are connected to the murder of a family that happened over ten years ago. The only problem? The person that Lindy suspects is Staff Sergeant Siobhan Cockburn, the one who brought her into this in the first place.

Now, Lindy not only has to stop A from killing anyone else, but also prove that Cockburn isn’t what she appears before A adds them both to his list.

Bad Omen reminded me of the movie The Call and television show Pretty Little Liars rolled into one with a paranormal twist. This book kept things interesting and flowing with lots of twists to make you think.  The German names were a bit difficult and I felt the hero could have been a bit nicer to her partner, a bunch of times she seemed hostile with him because he wasn’t from her “world” when it wasn’t his fault. All in all it was creative, mysterious and suspenseful. Based on content this book is rated for young adults and older. I am an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock and I am giving this book 4 hearts.

Robin’s Nest by Melissa Stevens #Review #cowboy

After a car accident puts her in a coma, Samantha awakens to find her best friend, Robin, never left her side. While she recovers, Sam realizes there’s more between them than just friendship. However, she’s afraid that if it doesn’t work out between them, it will ruin their friendship. Sam’s brush with death gives her a renewed understanding of how short life really is.

Deciding the possible benefits are worth the risk, she faces the challenges from her over-protective family head on and leaps into life with both feet, but when more challenges come their way, can Sam and Robin handle them together?

Sam and Robin have been friends from the beginning.. Robin protected Sam from her adopted brothers… Sam has been in a coma for a week.. when she wakes she finds that Robin has not left her side… While she recovers, Sam realizes there’s more between them than just friendship… This book takes you on the jurney of two friends finding their way into each others arms… I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone 18 and over.. lots of HOT sex…

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Stolen by Leslie Georgeson #review #hero #love

A serial killer is hunting her. A childhood friend vows to protect her.

The past and present collide for world-renowned horse trainer, April Huntington. A serial killer craves women who look like her. FBI Special Agent Nick Miller fears the killer has targeted April. He must convince her of the danger she’s in before the killer adds her to his collection. But will she even see Nick after he broke her heart six years ago? Nick vows not to let anything happen to her—all the while wondering if he can save her before it’s too late.

Although April promised herself she’d never forgive Nick for what he did, his unexpected return makes her long for what could have been. Nick, too, battles his desire for April and his own scars from their past. If they both survive this obsessed sociopath, can they overcome the hurt and betrayal that has kept them apart for so long?

NOTE: All books in this series are loosely connected stand-alones. Each book is a full-length novel with a conclusion (no cliffhangers at the end). Due to some adult language and situations, the books in this series are recommended for readers ages 18 and up.

I started this expecting another romance novel.  I got so much more!!! April is raised on the run, never staying in one place for long as her father hides from the law.  As a preteen she meets that special boy, but her father snatches her away from him, running again.  Yes, they meet again when they are grown.  But the rest of the story is the so much more!  

Suspenseful, interesting, and well written, this story kept me turning pages!  It has several interesting twists, one which I never saw coming!  There are a few steamy hot scenes but not too many.  They fit perfectly with the storyline.  As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I give this one 5 full hearts!

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Ocean’s Serenade by J&L Wells and Laura Greenwood #romance #reunited

Ocean’s Serenade is available EXCLUSIVELY in the Creatures Box Set!

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Four years ago, Ronan thought he’d lost his best friend, and he’s never truly recovered.

Coral spends her time trying to master her control of the sea, under the watchful eye of Merrick.

But a twist of fate leads the two of them together, where they discover that there’s a past that wanted to stay forgotten.

Is the ocean’s voice stronger than a lost memory? Will Coral follow her heart?

Ocean’s Serenade is the first book in the Tails of the Sea series of books. This book is about Ronan and Coral. When Ronan and Coral were out swimming in the ocean, and racing to a buoy but when Ronan got there and turned expecting Coral to be right behind him, he could not find her. She was not anyone he could see with no sign or swimming or distress. This has affected Ronan. He was blamed for her disappearance but they could never find her body. Now Ronan is 24 and getting ready for his very last race. But Polly, Coral’s sister, brings Coral’s disappearance back and he starts too soon and gets disqualified. He does not want to face his father right away; his father will be disappointed but Ronan is just not good enough to keep trying to race in swimming. Ronan decides to go to the ocean, and talk to Coral, even if he knows she won’t hear it. Polly sees Ronan leaving and decides to go with him and find out more about her sister’s disappearance since she was only 15 and not really told much. Then it switches to Coral. Coral has just woken up and she feels called to the biggest room in the sunken ship where the Mer folk go to practice their magic. Merrick has been trying to teach her to summon a whirlpool and it is just not working for her. Magic always comes so hard to Coral, and she doesn’t understand it, since Merrick never seems to have problems at all. Merrick makes a comment about Coral being Mer for years, but Coral doesn’t understand it since she doesn’t remember anything but being a mermaid. She feels weird since she doesn’t have any memories before a certain point. And there is where you should take over. 

This book is really good. The characters come alive really fast and draw the reader in. The point of view alternates between Coral and Ronan. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a paranormal story, a must read for anyone who loves mermaid stories. 

I’m giving this book 4 hearts

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