Apr 202014
 

Saving Grace by Sandy James
Series:  Safe Havens (# 1)
Release DateMay 30, 2013
Publisher:  James Gang Publishing
Pages:  236
Source: book provided by author for review

 

 

Grace Riley is on the run–from her past and from her fears. The victim of a violent rape at the hands of a rich politician’s son, she must “disappear” to escape his constant attempts to recapture her. Moving from cattle drive to cattle drive as a cook, she avoids her tormentor for nearly twenty years. When she discovers that the brother she gave up for adoption after their mother died in childbirth was orphaned at an early age, she is frantic to verify that he’s safe. She tracks him to a cattle ranch in Montana.

Widower Adam Morgan owns the Twin Springs ranch, but finds himself falling into a life of loneliness. Although he enjoys spending time with his grown daughter and the two men he rescued when they were living on the streets, he longs to meet a woman he can love. Living in the Montana territory where men greatly outnumber women makes finding a new wife difficult. Weary of working cattle, he is ready to make some changes in his life.

Grace falls ill on her journey, but she manages to make it to the Twin Springs ranch where her brother is supposed to be living. Adam takes her in, concerned for her health and the reason she’s searching for one of his adopted sons. Their chemistry is immediate and intense, but can Grace heal from her past of pain and fear? When her secrets are finally revealed, can Adam forgive her deceptions and learn to love again?

 

Review:  Saving Grace is a western romance set in Montana and San Francisco in the late 1800′s.  The story has lots of adventures and some secrets – some pleasant and some not.  Siblings Matthew and Grace have a strong bond, always looking out for each other growing up.  When Grace runs away to keep safe from Stephen Shay, a horrible person from her past who inflicted much pain on her, Matthew unfortunately isn’t there to protect her.  When she and Adam Morgan cross paths Adam is immediately drawn to give her protection and the space she needs. There is instant chemistry on both sides although Grace fights it all the way and gets ready to flee once again.  Watching Adam treat her like a scared horse to gain her trust and show her he wants to love her and  take care of her in all ways was heartwarming.  Watching Adam’s daughter, Veronica, and Matthew fight their attraction as well was usually comical.  The story line was woven effortlessly between the many characters all who played a strong role. There is  family, extended family, friends, a small town in Montana with ranches and cowboys, laughter, tears, happiness and heartache, romance and love.  There was nice closure and several happily ever afters and this is just the first book in the series.   I can’t wait to read the others.

I have read James’ Alliance of the Amazon series which were fantasies and out of my comfort zone but enjoyed them.  When I was offered to read and review the three books in the Safe Havens series I jumped at it since western romances with strong alpha males is one of my favorite genres.  I was not disappointed.

Favorite Quote:  This home belonged to a wealthy family.  Judging from his age, Adam was the patriarch of that family.

He smelled nice.  An odd thought, but his clean, masculine scent wrapped around her, calming her.  With a resigned sign, she relaxed against him, simply too weak to struggle.  At least that was the fib she told herself.

 

 

 






Apr 192014
 

Christmas Carol Murder by Leslie Meier
Series: A Lucy Stone Mystery (# 20)
Release Date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 272
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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It’s Christmas in Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and Lucy Stone is excited about her acting debut in the town’s production of A Christmas Carol. But a real life Scrooge has everyone feeling frosty, and with a murderer on the loose, Lucy will have to unwrap her sleuthing skills faster than she can say, “Bah! Humbug!”

Lucy normally loves planning for the holidays, but this year, Tinker’s Cove has fallen on hard times. With so many residents struggling to make ends meet, Christmas festivities are a luxury some can’t afford. But the story’s not so bleak at Downeast Mortgage, whose tightfisted owners, Jake Marlowe and Ben Scribner, are raking in profits from everyone’s misfortune. Half the town is in their debt, so when the miserly Marlowe is murdered, the mourners are few and the suspects are many. . .

It’s hard to feel merry amidst all the yuletide chaos. Between her reporting duties at the Pennysaver and nightly rehearsals for the Christmas play, Lucy hardly has time to search for a killer–especially one whose victim left behind so many possible culprits. Scribner believes Marlowe’s ghost has come to warn him of his own impending demise, and when he starts receiving death threats, Lucy wonders if there’s more to the omen than the ravings of a bitter old pinchpenny. . .

Can Lucy solve the case and deck the halls before the killer strikes again? In a season of giving, receiving a deadly Christmas present is definitely not what Lucy had on her wish list this year. . .

 

 

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Apr 192014
 

Stonecast by Anton Strout
Series: The Spellmason Chronicles (# 2)
Release date: September 24, 2013
Publisher: Ace
Pages: 289
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

NO STONE UNTURNED…

Alexandra Belarus was an artist stuck working in her New York family’s business…until she discovered her true legacy—a deep and ancient magic. Lexi became the last practicing Spellmason, with the power to breathe life into stone. And as her powers awoke, so did her family’s most faithful protector: a gargoyle named Stanis. But when a centuries-old evil threatened her family and her city, Stanis sacrificed himself to save everything Lexi held dear.

With Stanis gone, Lexi’s efforts to master Spellmasonry—even with the help of her dedicated friends—are faltering. Hidden forces both watch her and threaten her, and she finds herself suddenly under the mysterious wing of a secret religious society determined to keep magic hidden from the world.

But the question of Stanis’s fate haunts her—and as the storm around her grows, so does the fear that she won’t be able to save him in her turn.

 
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Apr 192014
 

Master by Raven McAllan
Series: Dommissimma (# 1)
Release Date: June 4, 2013
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Pages: 145
Source: Book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Caden McCourt did not expect to find his estranged wife Diana at a BDSM club. When he does, the renowned Master is determined to claim back his errant wife.

When Diana left him fifteen years prior, she lost a part of herself. Seeing Cade again throws her into a tail spin.

She cannot be the sub he needs, but she can’t walk away either. When she’s challenged by Cade to face her demons, her old nightmares resurface. Can they overcome the chasm between them, or are the nightmares simply too strong?

 

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Apr 192014
 

The Ultimate Betrayal by Lacey Leigh
Series: The Tucker Girls (# 1)
Release Date: January 9, 2014
Publisher: CNI
Pages: 140
Source: book provided by the author for review

 

 

Rainey lived with her father (Martin Tucker) and sister (Mariah Tucker) in a small po-dunk town in Alabama known as Covington. Her momma had been killed when she was seven years old.

Rainey fell in love with a wonderful man that treated her with respect and kindness. Everyone including her father was against their relationship at first because he was older than Rainey. They were happy together until she moved away to college. The case concerning her mother’s murder was reopened, and she was betrayed by the people she should have been able to trust above anyone else.

Does Rainey and Jake’s relationship survive all the pain and hurt? Will her mother’s murder be solved?

We will see…

 

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Apr 192014
 

On Being Wicked by Tielle St. Claire
Release Date:  February 27, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 56
Source: book provided by the publisher for review
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Takes place in the world of Fairy Dust and Marvin and the Three Bears.

Discovering a prince is secretly visiting her prisoner, Rapunzel, the evil witch decides to punish them both—until a little harmless meddling from a substitute Fairy Godmother transforms her from harried hag to horny hottie.

Now there’s no time for hexing, what with all the sexing, including a hands-on (and mouth-on…and tongue-on) warm-up courtesy of Rapunzel and her prince, and a lusty punishment from two gorgeous guys who put the “wood” in “woodsmen”.

The witch is about to discover just how wicked she can be.

 

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Apr 192014
 

Mail Order Man by Heather Gray
Series:  Ladies of Larkspur (# 1)
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Publisher: Astrea Press
Pages:  225
Source: book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Some people get a mail order bride. She got a mail order man.
A well-meaning friend places an ad to find a mail order husband for Sarah, the proprietress of Larkspur’s stage and mail office. Sarah, who is generally quiet and reserved, doesn’t know about the ad and has no idea what to do with all the people that are showing up in her community. Before long, the town is overrun with men and mail alike. Sarah is trying to avoid some men who have accosted her on the street when she stumbles into Samuel. Through long days spent together at the stage office, some very adventurous pots of coffee and a shared faith, the two become friends. Sarah knows that Samuel is hiding something from her, something important, but that doesn’t stop her heart from leaping wildly into love. Lacking the confidence to trust her heart, Sarah wars with herself over the feelings she can no longer deny. When some of the men who have come to town show their true intentions, a shootout follows. Sarah finally gets answers to many of the questions circling through her mind. One question remains, though. Where will her mail order man go when the dust settles?

 

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Apr 192014
 

Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
Series: Cocktail (# 1)
Published Date:  November 27, 2012
Publisher:  Omnific Publishing
Pages:  384
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

The first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed dating hiatus, and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. The tension between them is as thick as the walls are thin, and the results just as mixed. Suddenly, Caroline is finding she may have discovered a whole new definition of neighborly…

In a delicious mix of silly and steamy, Alice Clayton dishes out a hot and hilarious tale of exasperation at first sight…

 

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Apr 192014
 

Primal Flavor by Danica Avet
Series: Cajun Heat (# 3)
Release Date: July 3, 2013
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Pages: 210
Source:  book provided by the publisher for review

 

 

Being a human in a parish filled with shifters, Colette Robicheaux has learned to be tough as nails. A hunter with the kind of lethal skills that make most men nervous, all it takes is a single hot look from Zachary Trahan to make her melt into a puddle of goo. And this tiger shifter doesn’t fight fair, using his hot body and his many skills in the kitchen to melt her panties. But there’s a danger in the swamps that threatens to tear them apart, an evil that could turn this hunter into prey.
When chef Zachary Trahan took a break from work to hunt, the last thing he expected to find was his mate. A human huntress with a hot temper, a quick trigger finger and the kind of body destined to keep him up at night, Colette makes his tiger purr. He’ll have to fight his stubborn mate, her impossible family and the threat hiding in the swamps before he can finally claim her for his own.

 

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Apr 192014
 

Inked Memories by PG Forte
Release Date: November 13, 2013
Publisher: Chapultepec Press
Pages: 85
Source: book provided by the author for review
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Every memory leaves its mark…

All Sophie wants is a tattoo to commemorate her battle with cancer. What she gets is celebrity tattoo artist Declan Ross, the same sexy bad-boy who used to rock her world. This time, they’ve both got scars and the ones you can’t see are still the hardest to cover.

 

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