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Review of “Belong to You” – Cheyenne McCray

Anna Batista’s life is great. Her event planning career is well established, allowing a comfy budget for shopping splurges at her favorite boutique. She has great friends, lives comfortably with her aunt, uncle and two sweet, young cousins who she loves to watch as they grow up. Anna hasn’t found love, but why rush when everything else is going so right?

But Anna has a secret. If that secret is discovered, it would mean devastation for her entire family. The last person she should have anything to do with is Sheriff Mike McBride. Having anyone in law enforcement close just isn’t an option.

But Mike can’t be dissuaded. When he meets Anna, she immediately steals his heart. The beautiful, petite Anna is everything he’s ever wanted in a woman and he’ll move mountains to convince her that they’re made for each other. Even persuading her to work on his campaign.

When Mike’s opponent for sheriff blackmails Anna, she is plunged into a web of forced deceit that threatens to tear apart her family, her heart, and the good hearted man she has now fallen for. With the election in tatters, and his career at risk, Mike must make some hard decisions. Can a good man choose both love and duty?

Review
Compared to the other books in the series, I found this a little slower in pace. It was cute, but I didn’t find myself immersed in their story like the others. 

I did enjoy it though. Anna and Mike were a lovely couple. Their dates were sweet and fun. 

Mike is a fine ass cowboy – honorable, romantic, and lets not forget sexxxxxy! 

Heart rating system – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2

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Review of “Mike’s Way Back” and “Gabby Revealed” – Amy Gregory

Publication Date: September 28, 2013

When Detective Mike Sterling left the Chicago PD and returned to his hometown of Renlend Kansas, he tried to convince himself it was so his mother could stop worrying. The truth was, even Renlend wasn’t going to vanquish the dreams that tortured him at night.

When Taryn Watts landed in Renland Kansas to design a client’s new cooking school she intended to stay just long enough to do the job and then go right back to her life on the East Coast.

When Taryn and Mike found themselves sharing a booth, one thing was certain, neither one of them thought it was a good idea. Mike still wasn’t over his ex-wife’s betrayal, and when Taryn found out Mike was a cop she wanted to run all the way back to Connecticut and never look back, but she couldn’t… Sitting outside his home late at night she watches him fight against his demons. Demons she already had too much experience with firsthand.

When Mike finally admits there is no way to outrun his demons, Tayrn knows she’ll do anything, or be anything, to help Mike find his way back.

Review


This story marks my first taste of Amy’s writing skills and I have to say –  this chick knows how to create a story that keeps you turning the pages. The characters were likable and at no point did I find the story dragging. In fact, I finished it the same day I picked it up – couple hours later actually. It was fun, flirty, and just all around a great read. Good job, Amy! 

Heart rating system – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Gabby James didn’t have the idyllic childhood many in her little hometown of Renlend, Kansas had. High school was a living hell, but when she graduated she couldn’t bring herself to leave Renlend. The town was her prison, but her family’s bookstore, The Looking Glass, was her one true love. It was the place she could run to, and escape the prying eyes of the ones who taunted her. 
Shane Compton was a literary agent in one of the most prestigious publishing houses in New York City. He found no greater rush than finding the next big talent, someone who could take the written word and turn it into an art form. In the span of one rude phone call Shane was drawn into the mystery of just who the fiery new author from Kansas was. When everyone else in the office refused to deal with her, Shane willingly accepted the challenge. There was no logic to the madness, but every time he had contact with her, she drove him wild. 
Gabby tried every trick in the book to keep Shane at arm’s length, but he had made good on his promise to come to Kansas. He wanted to pull her out of anonymity, he wanted her in the public eye. Now here he stood, on the sidewalk in front her bookstore, and one look told her he was everything she was afraid he’d be. Too bad she was anything but who he thought she was. 
Gabby quickly discovers Shane has more on his mind than just books and with a little help from an ornery matchmaker, he shows her a whole new life through her looking glass.

Review

I think most people, at one or another, have been bullied in some form or fashion. That is why this story will strike a cord with people. In other words, I can see people seeing themselves as Gabby (to some degree). 

After I finished this story, two sections stood out from the rest. 
1) The letter to Gabby. (Yup, not gonna elaborate.) 
2) The final altercation between Gabby and her numero uno bully. All I can say is….. “YOU GO GIRL!”
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤

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Review of “Burning Dawn” – Gena Showalter

A tormented past has left Thane with an insatiable need for violence, making him the most dangerous assassin in the skies. He lives by a single code: no mercy. And as he unleashes his fury on his most recent captor, he learns no battle could have prepared him for the slave he rescues from his enemy’s clutches–a beauty who stokes the fires of his darkest desires.

Elin Vale has her own deep-rooted scars, and her attraction to the exquisite warrior who freed her challenges her every boundary. But Thane’s unwavering determination to protect her means she must have her greatest fears–and enter a world in which passion is power, and victory means breathtaking surrender.

Review


I loved the camaraderie/bromance between Thane, Xerxes, and Bjorn. Those three had me rolling more than Bianka, Kaia, and Anya. 

Speaking of those vivaciously lovely women, they have a couple fabulous scenes in this story. Lucien, too. 

And if you love Gena’s wicked sense of humor, you won’t be disappointed with this tale. It is jammed pack full of hilarity!  

Heart rating system – 1
(lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤❤❤


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Review of “Their Virgin Captive” and “Their Virgin’s Secret” – Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

BOOK ONE
Brothers Gavin, Slade, and Dex, fall hard for Gavin’s new secretary, beautiful Hannah Craig. The oil executives know they must give her time to get to know them before she can choose one . . . who will seduce the virgin and keep her for his own. But when a dangerous predator begins stalking the small-town beauty, they work together to protect her, abducting Hannah and spiriting her to an isolated hideaway. Once alone with her, none of them can contain their burning desire. Though Slade and Dex don’t mind sharing, Gavin’s tragic past has put distance between him and his brothers. Now, they’re hoping that not only will Hannah love them back . . . but maybe mend their fractured family.
After overcoming her initial fears, the men teach her wild pleasure she’s never imagined. She grows closer to each, their devotion melting her inhibitions. Hannah finds herself embracing love with all three men—and hoping she can heal Gavin’s wounded soul. But her new found happiness turns to terror when her stalker finds her. Will Gavin, Slade and Dex lose their woman to a menace that threatens everything they hold dear, or will they finally unite to make Hannah theirs forever?

Review

First, I would like to state that I DID READ the back cover before I purchased the story; however, I bought the book anyways because I am a fan of hers. 
I wasn’t a fan of three brothers sharing a solitary woman, but that’s my personal ICK factor playing a role there. 
If you forget they were brothers, the scenes were hot. The men…yummo!
The other glitches …. 
A twenty-five year old virgin having sex multiple times but isn’t sore? Dex and Slade touched on it about giving her the “morning off”. But, she didn’t mention it or act as if she was sore in the slightest bit. That (for me) isn’t realistic.
The fifty spankings? Again, she was new to this lifestyle so I don’t see fifty spankings so soon no matter her “offense”. 
And the stalker – very easy to figure out. 🙁
With all that said, I am willing to continue on with the series and see what book two has in store for me. 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤ 1/2


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BOOK TWO

Two Men on a Mission
Security Professionals Burke and Cole Lennox have shared women before but never meant to fall in love with one. Their lives are precarious, always on the edge of trouble. But Jessa Wade is too tempting, too perfect to let go. They’re on a dangerous mission, but they can’t help but get close to the beautiful, innocent artist. When their mission takes them to a foreign land, they reluctantly leave their love behind, promising to return for her one day.
A Woman with a Secret
After her lovers disappeared, Jessa Wade bravely moves on with her life, protecting her secret. But when she becomes the target of one of Burke and Cole’s enemies, the men leap into action, vowing to save their woman and to never leave again. As danger stalks all three, they must come together and face the mistakes of their past. On the run and out of time, Burke and Cole will fight for their future with Jessa. But will Jessa’s secret bring them together…or tear them apart?


Review
Let’s forego the fact ‘brothers sharing another woman’ because I now see this is an ongoing theme with the series.  
If you take that out of the equation, I enjoyed this story a thousand times more than “Their Virgin Captive”. 
This story had a better, more thought-out plot. I didn’t feel it got pushed aside or rushed in lieu of the sex scenes. 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest) 
Score: ❤❤❤1/2

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Review of “Dances with Demons” – Lori Handeland

 
 

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When a demon comes calling Megan Murphy’s bar blows sky-high, and she’s suddenly on the run with her klutzy day shift bartender, the exceedingly gorgeous Quinn Fitzpatrick.

Quinn has been in love with Megan from the moment he saw her. Too bad he’s living a lie. He isn’t as klutzy as he makes out, nor as human as she believes. Quinn was sent to protect Megan from anything that slithers.

But there’s danger afoot, and the best place for them both is one that’s far, far away. A place Quinn Fitzpatrick once called home. Ireland–land of fairies and gargoyles, shape-shifters, dragons and more.

There they will dance with demons, and Megan will uncover every secret Quinn has.

 
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It’s rare that the hero in the story is a virgin. That, I found refreshing. 
He was also a shifter, but was also something more. What else…..yeah, I’m not telling you. You’ll have to buy the novella and discover that secret for yourself. *grins*
 
I was thrilled to see Liz back in the series. She was “missing” in the last short story and it wasn’t the same. Now if only Sawyer would return. He’s one of my favorite characters and I know his story isn’t over. Can’t be. 
 
 
Heart rating system – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤❤1/2

 

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Review of “Illusion” – Sherrilyn Kenyon

 

 

Be careful what you wish for…You just might get it.

Nick Gautier is tired of his destiny. He doesn’t want to be the son of a demon who’s fated to end the world. Nor does he want to see another demon or other preternatural creature who wants to kill or enslave him. He just wants to be normal and have normal problems like everyone else.

But normality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. When he gets sucked into an alternate reality where his mother has married his mentor and his Atlantean god best friend has become a human geek, he begins to understand that no life is free of pain, and that every person has a specific place in the universe… Even the son of a hated demon.

Most of all, he sees that his powers aren’t the curse he thought they were, and that the world needs a champion, especially one its enemies can’t imagine rising up to defend the ones he should destroy.

Old enemies and new friends square off for a major battle that will either restore Nick to his real world, or end him forever.

 
 
Warning – spoilers included in review!!! 
 
Nick awakens to an alternate state and let me tell you, it was wonkie as hell. 
 
*Nick 2 was a whiny ass boy
*Ash was married to Artemis
*Friends were now foes
*Bubba was married to Cherise
*We met high school Ash and Simi
 
I loved it. 
 
We also found out more about Nekoda. (Keep her daddy’s name under wraps)
Savitar was prominent in the alternate universal and he was pretty much the same aka I STILL HEART HIM! 
 
And Nick…..oh yeah, he was Mr. Badass with a heart of gold in this latest installment too. 
 
I can’t wait for the next book! 
 
Heart rating system 
1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Score: ❤❤
 
 
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