Savage Heart by J. Woods #Review

She’s a doctor, guided by her morals. He’s an ex-soldier, robbed of his ethics and programmed to kill. When they’re two worlds suddenly collide, will they crash and burn?

For the last seven years, Ethan Black ceased to exist. Known only as the Reaper, Ethan prefers his solitary life where the only rules he lives by are his own. That is until his life is placed in the hands of his angel and he has no choice but to listen if he wants to survive.

The last thing Stella Savage needs is another overbearing arrogant soldier in her life but when she finds a lifeless Ethan Black on the side of the road, the doctor in her is forced to help him. After escaping his kidnappers and being subject to a drug destined to erase his humanity, Stella is running on precious time to save whatever is left of his soul… and his heart.

I knew when I started reading this book that I was part of a series, but I did not realize how far into the series it was. I have not read any of the other installments, and I feel like that did detract from my full understanding of the events in this novel. However, the novel was still enjoyable and it did not end in a cliffhanger as many series fiction seems to these days. I’m honestly not sure how to best characterize this book…. it is part thriller, part romance, part almost-science fiction in a way because the hero has undergone treatment to turn him into a super soldier and that has changed him into someone who is almost impervious to damage. He does not feel temperature or pain the way the ordinary human does, and it is up to the heroine, Doctor Stella Savage, to help find a way to stop the serum from continuing to make changes.

I will say that I absolutely did NOT like Ethan at the beginning. I understood he’d been through a lot, but he was really ugly to Stella, even though he knew he had feelings for her. The action of the novel helped bring some of his behavior into perspective and, by the end, I’d quit giving him mental stink eye. I really enjoyed the interaction of the Savage family and definitely want to read more of the series so I can get to know the secondary characters better, especially Stella’s mother.

This book, and I suspect the rest of the series, is very reminiscent of Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops series and I did enjoy it once I realized that I had some mental catching up to do. Like Lora Leigh’s books, this one is definitely for mature audiences.

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Bound by Duty by Stormy Smith #Review

Amelia grew up in a world of half-truths. She knows she’s an Elder but has no idea what that means. Her father reminds her daily that she must maintain control but he refuses to explain why. Even worse, she’s betrothed to the prince of the Immortals and she doesn’t even know his name.

Finally breaking free to live a few normal years at a community college, the last thing Amelia expects is to find her best friend in a cheeky Southern girl and to fall for a self-assured human who sees her for who she is and not what she’ll be.

As she learns more about herself, Amelia realizes the line between love and duty is a thin one. As her power continues to increase exponentially and her questions are slowly answered, Amelia must make the ultimate choice. The question is, will her head or her heart win the battle?

After being forced to stay away from human and feeling like an outcast most of her life, Amelia decided to leave home for college. But really, being an outcast in college was no different. She wouldn’t have made it without her best friend Bethany. One of the only people to make Amelia feel normal.
When Bethany drags Amelia to another party, she never thought that running away from it she would meet the sexiest guy. He truly makes her feel things she never has, feelings she shouldn’t have for a human.
Adian has been watching her. She keeps herself, avoids people and very beautiful. When he learns of the party she will be at he knows that this is his chance. When he sees that she has ran to beach, he goes to investigate and what a sight he sees. She is beyond beautiful. The pulls she has is confusing but he knows that she’s the one he wants and yet there is something different about her.
First off, this had a great plot that I loved, but was so long. At times, I felt there was too much about the characters. I was pretty lost in the beginning. The prologue threw me, but once I knew what was going on, it flowed a lot more. Enjoyed all the Amelia’s witty and sassy best friend. Her fun country saying and humor had me laughing out loud at times. I wrote this review after I read the other two books in the series and let me just say, hang tight, its a great series! I gave this read four stars.
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Oracle of Philadelphia by Elizabeth Corrigan #Review

Carrie works at a diner in South Philadelphia, dispensing advice to humans and angels wise enough to seek her counsel. But there are some problems that even the best advice can’t solve.

Her latest supplicant, Sebastian, is unique among those who have sought her aid. He sold his soul to a demon in exchange for his sister’s life, but his heart remains pure.

Carrie has lived for millennia with the knowledge that her immortality is due to the suffering of others, and she cannot bear to see another good man damned when it is within her power to prevent it.

In order to renegotiate his contract, Carrie must travel into the depths of hell and parley with the demons that control its pathways. As the cost of her journey rises, Carrie must determine how much she is willing to sacrifice to save one good soul.

Carrie works in a diner, but that’s just a cover for being an Oracle. She not only gives out advice for those that seek her out, but she can read peoples minds. She is joined along the way by both demon and Angel friends. I can’t say that this story ever captured me or held my interest. I found flipping between past scenes and current events confusing at times. I never found anything particularly interesting and the characters were not particularly deep. I found Bedlam to be most interesting. Anyone, preferring a religious storyline would probably enjoy this story, but sadly I did not. I rate this story 3 hearts. 

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Blood Promise by Jacey Ward #review

The bodies of virgins in Ava’s small city of Mountain Crest have started piling up. Being a newly licensed reporter and the police chief’s daughter, Ava starts investigating immediately.

All fingers are pointing to the secret but peaceful clan of vampires who live up the mountain – and that’s where Ava meets Chase – the soon to be leader of the Lexus vampire clan.

Chase ha The bodies of virgins in Ava’s small city of Mountain Crest have started piling up. Being a newly licensed reporter and the police chief’s daughter, Ava starts investigating immediately.

All fingers are pointing to the secret but peaceful clan of vampires who live up the mountain – and that’s where Ava meets Chase – the soon to be leader of the Lexus vampire clan.

Chase has two problems, being suspect #1 in a murder investigation AND the marriage his parents have arranged for him to a lovely, yet treacherous vampire who is hell bent on becoming Chase’s new mate, no matter what she has to do to achieve it.

Azalea decides that if it means she has to conspire against Chase’s human love Ava, then bring on the demons, and the witches – and let the conspiring begin!

I give this book 4 hearts

When young women keep turning up dead drained of their blood, in the quiet town of Mountain Creek Detective Hartzman figures the reclusive town of Lexus that is home to the vampires must be where the culprit is. Dealing with them has never been his favorite and considering it would be a break in the truce, he truly hoped he was wrong.
What he didn’t count on was his 25yr old daughter Ava, being concerned for him and insisting on tagging along for his initial interview and meeting with the Queen and King of the vampires.
Ava quickly finds herself face to face with the prince of the vampires Chase. Neither one of them seems to have any idea what is happening,  except that instant attraction and fierce longing overcomes them both. They soon find themselves unable to stay away from each other. Their chemistry is explosive and growing hotter, but Chase has a dangerous secret and she is fiercely jealous of her betrothed.
 A forbidden romance, a murderer on the loose, a vampire that would do anything to keep the Prince to herself and a happily ever after. What more can you ask for.

Beloved Lives by Marilyn J. Evans #Review

She Must Choose Between Living Her Past and Creating a New Life
April Robins is a mess. Her diet and wardrobe are disastrous, she’s stopped exercising, and the nightmares are back—nightmares that started at puberty and didn’t stop until she married. Now that she’s divorced, the dreams are worse than ever, and April’s malaise has her cat and her best friend, Trish, worried.

April decides it’s time to get her life back in order by running and eating better. She also agrees to attend a class Trish thinks will introduce them to new guys. When April meets the class instructor, Mitch van der Waals, an expert in the paranormal, she discovers they have a lot in common including a mutual attraction. When she and Mitch start dating, both cat and best friend approve.

But when the hospital where April works as a medical technologist hires Dr. Weston, a handsome, new cardiologist, things get complicated. At her first meeting with Dr. Weston, April faints. As he shows more and more interest in her, she finds herself unaccountably affected by Weston, sometimes irritated, other times literally falling into a trance in his presence.

April realizes Weston was a key player in her past lives as she struggles to find the root cause of her nightmares through past life regressions, sessions in the sleep lab, and strangely spontaneous trances.

Does she have a choice between being who she is now and who she seems to have been over and over again?

Solving the mysterious origins of the nightmares that have echoed down through April’s many lives could be a matter of life and death, in this life and beyond.

Readers of romance books about past lives like Angelfall by Susan Ee, The Immortal Rules by Julia Kagawa, and The Steward by Christopher Shields will love this paranormal romance and suspense book.

This book is a standalone romantic mystery with an HEA. April is a successful young woman that has suffered all of her life with vivid dreams that leave her screaming. The story has the usual fun BFF, Trish, who is the comic relief. Mitch fulfills the role of sexy, leading man and Winston plays both a huge cat and a creepy stalker.

>This story deals with the interesting concept of past life regressions. Past soul mates find each other time and time again after each reincarnation. April and Trish take a paranormal class taught by Mitch. The class helps both Trish and April understand the paranormal realm and all of its possibilities. The class time seems to slow the book down a bit. The material presented by Mitch is dry and while important for the characters, I tended to skim over it.
>No one in this story seems to question the validity of reincarnation. The regression dreams were like short stories. April and the doctor Winston were supposed to be past life soul mates, but there wasn’t any connection there, except for April constantly fainting. The chemistry was all between April and Mitch, but the romance stayed all G rated.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock. This book is appropriate for a young adult (16+) to adult audience. I am giving this book 4 stars.

Leaves like Magic by Rebecca Hamilton #Review

I don’t have a lot of time.

When my best friend Iris goes missing, my entire life grinds to a halt. Forget school. Forget familial obligations. Everything about me ceases to matter anymore. Because I have exactly one hour to save her life.

And I’m already ten minutes in.

Many of us have thought that we would do anything to help a friend, but when it comes down to it, most of us are more likely to look out for number one. In the case of young witch, Hadley, she really will do anything for a friend; up to and including participating in a spell she’s not entirely sure the result of. As you might imagine, chaos can, and will, ensue. I really enjoyed this fast, clean read. It was less of a novel and more of what is promised in the subtitle: a paranormal fantasy short story. The story seemed to be part of a larger world that the reader only gets a small glimpse of here, but it’s enough to whet the appetite for more stories told in this world. I would very much like to see where Hadley and Finn go from here. Do they stay out of trouble? Do they survive to adulthood? Do they save the world? Who knows? But there is definitely space for the author to branch out and let us know. I also would like to see how some of the secondary characters turn out. All in all, there was a complete story told and it was an entertaining one so it was time well spent.

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Seeking Catherine by Josie Riviera #review

Librarian Note: Alternate Cover Edition for ASIN: B009PSQ4QW.

Bargained away to a brothel, she is beyond hope, beyond rescue…but not beyond the reach of the one man who can save her.

He’s hurt her in the past. Can she trust her heart to him again?
During an age of chivalry they were sweethearts, planning a future together in England.

Headstrong and proud, Catherine Sudfield remembers everything about Stefan Boswell. And she loved him in spite of his poverty and lack of nobility. The restless Gypsy rogue’s powerful good looks and promises of love were more than enough to satisfy her youthful dreams.

But then Stefan left without a word, and Catherine’s uncle bargained her off to a brothel.

Sometimes, bonds between a man and a woman, however young, are meant to last a lifetime. But will it take more than a dose of Gypsy magic to chase away the doubts between two guarded lovers?

SEEKING CATHERINE is a short novella (12,000 words)
The story is a sweet romance. (no sex), but with sensual content

An old romance that flares back up after several years…this event happens no matter what time period you might find yourself in. No matter if you’re in the 21st century or in 16th century London, old wounds of a failed relationship don’t heal easily or quickly…if at all.  Catherine certainly has some wounds of the romantic variety, as well as finding herself working in the brothel of Sir Thomas Windchoice out of necessity. Life is not what she thought it would be, and the last thing she wants is Stefan, the one-time love of her life, to show back up. Can old wounds be mended, or has the chance at love truly died out?

            This short piece by Josie Riviera thrives on its dialogue between these two figures, and the author captures an honest tone in the exchange between these two. The set-up isn’t complicated, and the read is very short…but I think there’s nothing quite so romantic as the idea that an old tragedy can possibly be turned into a current blessing. The author chooses a polished short piece over a longer creation, and seems to understand very well the idea of “Always leave them wanting more.” I definitely recommend this story for someone wanting a good moment without having to invest a great amount of time.

            (independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock)
 

The Shifter’s Shadow by Selena Scott

A map that leads them into the unknown. But are they really prepared for the wild ride ahead?

Thea Redgrave doesn’t believe in things she can’t see or touch or taste. She’s a sexy, hardworking, take-no-prisoners kind of woman. The only thing that could have ever made her leave her homestead in Montana was a promise she made to her dying grandfather to follow a treasure map he’s had since childhood. She just didn’t realize that she was following it straight into the most passionate attraction she’s ever felt in her life.

Jack Warren is an alpha male with no roots and he likes it that way. After two decades of bouncing around the globe in search of treasure, he doesn’t expect this particular map to yield anything different. He doesn’t expect Thea Redgrave to come striding into his life, and damn if he’s prepared for it. Or for the paranormal transformation that’s in store for him when he attempts to save her life..

A tale of love, lust, magic, and adventure! Against all odds, can love really flourish or will their inquisitiveness drive them apart?

This is the first book in “The Shifter’s of the Seventh Moon” Series, but can also be read as a standalone. No cliffhangers. This full-length paranormal romance 60k word story contains strong sexual themes/language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18. FREE on Kindle unlimited

Following a treasure map that her grandfather had to a certain location, Thea Redgrave quickly finds herself in a situation beyond her wildest expectations. When she left her farm in Flintrock, Montana, she thought that the mysterious scroll was just hers, but instead she finds herself as part of a group of seven.  The truth behind the maps quickly leads her and her companions to become a type of family, and the most maddening member may also be something much more important to Thea, if she doesn’t leave her new life behind.

            Selena Scott weaves together a tale of demons, bear-shifters, and long-lived hunters and does so with skill and flair. The characters may seem like staples in the genre, but each one has a grounded separation from the others that stays true as the story takes some supernatural twists and turns. Not all of them are as developed as the primary pair, but each has a distinct voice to him or herself. I was also happy to find that the story gave just enough details to flesh out this world without being either sparse or overwhelming.

            I did wish that the end of the story was a bit more fulfilling…it seemed to just stop. But overall I found the read very enjoyable and look forward to further chapters in this story. Like the world itself, the book hits a good point in length without leaving out too much or having too much in it to focus on. I definitely recommend this work as an interesting read in both its supernatural and romantic qualities.

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The Choice by Lucy Penn #Review

Julissa runs away from her troubled past and settles into a new place. She isn’t prepared for the dark secrets of the small Montana town and the choices she must make.

Julissa and her younger sister, Anya, are running from a past they can’t seem to escape. After landing in Wolfsbane, Montana, the sisters are faced with something even more dangerous—something they would have never believed existed.
One man wants to save her. One man wants to trap her. Who can Julissa trust?

If you love werewolf shifters, vampires, alpha men who know how to take charge, and steamy romantic encounters, you will love The Choice!

Content Warning: This is a 10,000-word paranormal romance. Explicit love scenes, naughty language, and lots of sexy shifters. Intended for 18+ audiences.

Julissa is on the run from her step-father, who wants her and her sister dead for their inheritance. They find themselves in a small town in Montana where they can hide among the eccentric residents. Julissa doesn’t know why she is immediately drawn to Kyran, but takes a job as his housekeeper. Kyran has secrets of his own and he desperately wants Julissa for his own. In the midst of this small town is also Rand, who is working diligently to make his pack strong against Kyran and his vampire tribe. Julissa finds herself attracted to both of them, but knows only one will keep her safe and loved and has to make an ultimate choice to be with him. Ok, so the good; I found it to be an interesting story and written to grab the readers interest from the beginning. Which is good since it’s a relatively short story. I found the characters to be interesting and believable. The biggest drawback is that the storyline left me with a ton of questions, that I think were the result of an incomplete storyline. It might have been fixed with a longer story that had more opportunities to give a backstory, but I felt the unanswered plot took away from the overall story. I rate this book 4 hearts. 

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Knocked up by my Billionaire Boss by Lia lee and Ella Brooke #Review

Getting my secretary knocked up took the term ‘off-limits’ to a whole new level…

I’ve always been a businessman.
It’s in my blood.
It defines me.

Well, that and being a single dad.

My daughter is the only thing I prize above money.
And I want to be the role model she deserves.
But when I’m suddenly on the verge of bankruptcy, the s#!t hits the fan.

And in more ways than one.

Maybe that’s why I turned to my new secretary – to fuck away my troubled thoughts.
Elena Hayes.
Twenty-four, fresh out of college, green eyes, tall, curvy, smart…

No man in my position could resist all that.

I knew she was off-limits.
She knew I was bad for her.
But that didn’t stop us…

Until the test with the two pink little lines.

I want to support Elena.
I want this baby.
But I have a dark past that isn’t done toying with me yet…

Noah is all about business and keeping his loyal customers happy, but this new project, he may lose his investors. With an idea his beautiful, hot, sexy, I have to keep my hands off, secretary, she just may be the saving grace of his entire company or with the downfall of his reputation if he can’t get his emotions under control.
Elena is an MBA grad who’s now a secretary. Not where she thought she’d be. After being offered a full-time placement in Noah’s company, she can’t turn it down. After all, who wouldn’t want to work for a sexy billionaire? Work is the key word, you never get involved without the boss.
When both Elena and Noah’s feelings of attractWhinges the better of them, they have one big hole to dig themselves out of.
I want too excited by the prospect of reading the book due to the title. It kind of turned me off, but after sitting down for just a little bit, it grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. A typical story of a rich guy and his secretary falling for him but loved that he was a single father. It painted the character in a positive light that I enjoyed. I also liked the Elena want clingy and weak. Nice to have a woman be strong and independent even when you’re in love with a billionaire! I gave this a four-star read.
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