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Mine to Take

Mine to Take - Cynthia Eden
Every now and then I feel the need to randomly pick a book based solely on it's book cover and give it a shot. Mine to Take was that book for me this month and while I can't say that I LOVED it, I can say it was solid book that held my interest and kept me guessing all the way to the big reveal at the end.

Trace Weston (you know like Michael Weston on Burn Notice) became enthralled with Skye Sullivan when she was just 15 years old and he was forced to rescue her from a nasty foster brother that was attempting to rape her. The two bonded body, soul, and mind until Trace made the ultimate sacrifice by letting Skye go so that she could pursue a career as a ballet dancer in New York. Forcing her to hate him by telling her he no longer wanted her in his life, Trace joined the military and attempted to move on with his life. Now, ten years later, Trace is still keeping tabs on Skye from afar and fighting with himself to leave her to her life when she walks into his security company racked with fear and anguish because she has an unknown stalker.

Skye Sullivan has spent the last 10 years pursuing her dreams of becoming a dancer in some of the most upscale New York theater performances, but in her heart she still longs for the man that rescued her one dark night and left her broken inside when he told her he no longer wanted her in his life. Now, Skye is trying to move on with her life after a brutal car accident that left her with scars and muscle damage resulting in her no longer being able to dance on stage. While relocating to Chicago seems like the new start Skye thinks she needs, she finds herself plagued with fear because someone has been getting inside her home and leaving items on her bed. Afraid for her life and having no one else to turn to, Skye seeks out the one man that has the power to determine her future.

Mine to Take is actually a novella written by Cynthia Eden as a preview for Mine to Keep, which is book 2 in the series and features Trace and Skye as well. What really worked for me in this book was the suspense and the build up to the final reveal of who's stalking Skye. Eden keeps readers on the edge of their seats as Trace desperately tries to figure out who is out for blood while also running into blocks at every turn. I have to admit that I for one did not see the villain coming and was very surprised when he/she was finally revealed.

While I will certainly continue with the series because I actually liked the suspense, Mine to Take wasn't without some problems. Skye for one was a bit toooo fragile and at times got on my nerves. You can't cry and act helpless one minute and demand to be involved with the danger the next. Trace's character was all alpha male but I just couldn't reconcile with his obsession with Skye. His actions could easily be construed as "stalkerish" type behavior especially considering he has been keeping tabs on her for the past 10 years and having her guarded without her knowledge. That was just a bit creepy! Anywho, I still enjoyed the book so I'm giving it a solid 3 notes and 4 flames!

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Drawn Together (A Brown Family Novel)

Drawn Together - Lauren Dane I have been a HUGE fan of the Brown Siblings series by Lauren Dane for quite some time and was sooooo disappointed when I discovered she was ending the series with Adrian's book Never Enough and not giving Raven her due. Well imagine my surprise when I was prowling Goodreads looking for something new to read, and I discovered that Ms. Dane was indeed going to give Raven a book! Drawn Together is most definitely a fitting end to the series and Raven was given the HEA she so desperately deserved!

For long-time followers of the series, you are well aware that Raven is a raving BITCH and has frequently come across as brass, nasty, snooty, and sometimes just downright mean to some of our more favorite characters in the series. But underneath her tough exterior is a beautiful soul that desperately wants to be loved and accepted but she just doesn't know how to go about it. Having forged bonds with both Erin and Brody, Raven is content with showing only those two people who she really is inside, and had no clue that her newest client would make her break every rule she has ever set for herself.

Jonah Warner is not a guy Raven would ever entertain for more than a quick Wham Bam...awe thank you sir kind of situation! He's gorgeous, rich and a success attorney that travels in groups that Raven can't see herself ever being a part of. That is until Jonah starts to chisel away at the walls Raven has built around her heart and forces her to confront every demon she has ever encountered!

Drawn Together was gut wrenching, heartbreaking, and hope lifting all rolled into one beautiful package. Ms. Dane did justice to Raven's character by giving her a hero that knew when to push and just how much to push. Jonah was so patient with Raven and challenged her on so many different levels. As with the other books in the series, Ms. Dane does use BDSM, but for Raven and Jonah it was done in such a way that it didn't take away from Raven's abusive past, but instead highlighted her need to release the rigid control she is accustomed to having. Raven's back story is so twisted but readers are finally able to understand Raven's personality and her mistrust of others. The scenes with her aunt and the visit from her adoptive father were just heartbreaking but necessary.

I just can't say enough about how much I loved this story. I felt like Dane did an excellent job of allowing Raven to slowly unveil her faults and history to Jonah. I especially LOVED how Jonah handled her with care, and refused any outside means to find out Raven's secrets but instead allowed her to tell him in her own time. If you have enjoyed the other books in the series, or if you just want to read a really great love story that doesn't feel like you read chapter one and by chapter three the characters are already professing undying love for each other, pick up Drawn Together and give it a shot. I'm giving this one 4 notes and 5 SMOKIN flames because as usual, Dane was P-popping and C-popping on a handstand! Celie should be so proud I made it through!

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Hunted - Rebecca Zanetti Over a century ago, Connlan Kayrs accidentally mated the witch Moira Dunne. Realizing his mistake, and acknowledging he was not ready to take on the responsibility of being a mate, Connlan signed a treaty effectively agreeing not to claim her for 100 years to allow her time to train as the witch she was meant to be.

Moira Dunne was born the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter, and prophecies have foretold that she would possess immeasurable power. After having one lusty night filled with passion, she finds herself marked and mated by Prince Connlan, but before she can really wrap her head around the idea of being his forever, she discovers he willingly signed the treaty and left her to her training for 100 years. Now her years are up and Conn has decided he is no longer waiting to possess his mate, however Moira has grown into an independent woman and has had years to consider that Conn sign over his rights to her without even talking with her first. Will she find it in herself to forgive Conn and work through her insecurities with their relationship, or will she make the decision to leave Conn behind?

Conn's book starts out a couple of months after Dage's book with him going to Ireland to "force" his mate into safety. I had very mixed feelings about this one because I found it hard to bond with Moira. She initially came off to me as spoiled and self-centered, however as the story moved forward and she started to show more compassion for Conn she grew on me. Conn, as with the other books in the series is bound and determined to keep everyone safe and place himself in harm's way. He soon finds out that Moira has the same determination and the two constantly clash over him trying to shield and protect her from harm. The other characters in the book are all present and we get a more in depth look at the blossoming relationship between Janie and the mysterious Zane. Oh I can't wait to find out what Zane really is!

All in all I give this one a solid 3 notes. The story was engaging and packed full of action. The steam factor was no where near the level of Dage's book but still okay. I'm so looking forward to Jordan and Katie's story. It will be interesting to see if they figure out how to be with one another with war looming over their heads, and the virus reeking havoc on female mates and male shifters. If you loved the other books and your up for an action packed read, pick up Hunted and give it a try!

Book reviewed by Nettie
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Killing Time (One Eyed Jacks, #1)

Killing Time (One Eyed Jacks, #1) - Cindy Gerard Having been a BIG fan of Cindy Gerard's Bodyguard series, I had high hopes for Killing Time. While I wasn't exactly disappointed, I had a hard time getting through the book and felt the main characters just didn't have that realistic spark that makes readers crave more from the characters.

Mike Brown, an ex-black ops operative has spent the last eight years hating himself after losing several of his brothers in arms during Operation Slam Dunk (OSD). Resolved to only drink once a year in honor of his friends, and the clusterfuck that has become his life, Mike has no idea the sexy chica dancing to gain his attention will change his life forever!

CIA attorney Eva Salinas has no idea the top-secret documents dropped in her lap would give her the answers she desperately needs to explain the mysterious death of her husband. After careful research, she discovers Brown's role in OSD and seeks him out to demand an explanation of his actions. She was in no way prepare for the attraction she feels towards Brown, and even less prepared for him to reveal deep anguish over what happened along with a revelation that he's innocent of the charges held against him. Now the two must stop at nothing to clear Brown's name, gain the truth about what really happened, and dodge the deadly assassin sent to end both of their lives.

Killing Time was just an okay read for me. It didn't pull me in and make me want more like the Bodyguard series. The parts that worked for me in this book was the action, the suspense, and the humor. Mike Brown's character is a wise ass and he has no problem dishing out wise cracks even in the middle of a dangerous situation. I enjoyed the suspense and the buildup to the villain in the book which was a shocker because it turned out to be the person least expected to the responsible. Additionally, I liked Mike's character interaction with the other two members from his original One-Eyed Jacks team.

The parts that didn't work for me was the romantic relationship between Mike and Eva. While they definitely turned up the sheets, the sex was written more as a means for relieving stress and not because of a dire attraction for one another. Their relationship was unrealistic and the declaration of love felt forced and out of place. The two characters never really connected and after just 3 days and 2 rumps in the hay Mike is declaring to himself that he loves her......awe no! This declaration comes prior to them ever having any discussions about their individual personal lives and in the middle of an op where they spend more time apart than together.

I do intend to continue the series because I have faith in Gerard's writing, and because I believe there had to be a book to explain the history before moving forward. Because this was a steady read, albeit not engrossing like normal, I'm giving this one 3 notes and 3 flames. I'm looking forward to see what Gerard does with the series moving forward.

Beautiful Stranger (Beautiful Bastard, #2)

Beautiful Stranger  - Christina Lauren, Jonathan R. Cole, Grace Grant I love Max Stella!!!! Goodness that man rocked my world. In Beautiful Stranger, we get a chance to meet Max Stella and Sara Dillion. It is funny how this series worked out because Max is an old college friend of Bennett Ryan and Sara is best friends with Chloe Mills. Sometimes in series you lose out on how past characters are developing as the series continues so I was very happy to still get some Bennett and Chloe.

Sara Dillion is a broken hearted woman that has had enough of her cheating boyfriend, so she packs up and moves to New York City in hopes to start a new life. Sara was quickly able to find a job working in the Marketing Department of Bennett's company and had no thoughts of finding or starting a new relationship. She had no idea going to a night club would lead to her finding Mr. Right and Lord, did Mr. Right rock her world and show her how a women should be treated. On a side note, Grace Grant reads as Sara and does an awesome job. She has the perfect voice to bring the character to life in your mind. Even though she also read Beautiful Bastard, she was able to give Sara a different edge from Chloe. I look forward to seeing how she transforms future characters.

The sexy Max Stella is a British native that resides in New York City and is big on Wall Street. Max is known around town for getting around and for changing women as much as he changes his underwear. Max has yet to meet the woman of his dreams so having a flavor of the month is no big deal for him until he meets Sara at the bar that changes his outlook all together...and that's not just because he got the cookie while at the bar. Side note, Jonathan R. Cole is the man and I could listen to this man talk to me all day! Due to Max having a British accent, Jonathan was able to sound like he was born and raised in England....I wonder if he is actually from England. I have no words to express how much I loved this man's voice. If I ever met a guy named Max that sounds like Jonathan Cole, I think my clothes will magically fall off.

I so loved Beautiful Stranger. The intimate moments that Max and Sara have are what dreams are made of....well my dreams. Max is able to let Sara explore her kinky side without judgment and absolute total gratification. Goodness, there was a scene that happened in a library that I would love to explore if I could find myself a Max. This book had a great balance of story and sex. The sex was not the typical touch it, lick it, suck it, and bang it. These sex scenes had flare. Believe me, I in no way am going to run to the nearest library and get down and dirty....but goodness a girl could dream! This is the book women would want their men to read to get some ideas about getting a little kink in their life.I'm giving this one 5 notes, 5 flames!

Bare It All (Love Undercover, #2; Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor, #5)

Bare It All - Lori Foster I just can't get enough of Lori Foster's Alpha male detective series! Bare It All is the 2nd book in the series and while I didn't love it as much as I loved Run the Risk, it was still really good! This book features Reece and Alice's story and picks up right where Run the Risk left off with Reece trying desperately to figure out what Alice is hiding. All of my favorite characters are back including the hilarious Rowdy.

Detective Reece Bareden is tall, blond, beautiful, and deadly. He's been checking out his strange and reclusive neighbor for quite some time but doesn't seem to gain her attention no matter what he does....that is until he rescues a dog. Reece finds it strange that Alice won't even look him in the eye much less say hi until one morning he's out walking his new dog and she stops and gives the dog some attention. His suspicion of Alice gets blown through the roof after his last case comes to a head and he discovers the elusive, sweet Alice has weapons hidden all over her apartment. Determine to know what Alice is hiding, Reece gets close to Alice and gives in to his desire to lay her bare.

Long time readers of Lori Foster books first met Alice in Trace of Fever, book 2 of her Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. Alice had been kidnapped and held hostage by a mad man for more than a year when Trace discovers her secret. After murdering her capture, Alice moves in Reece's apartment building determined to move on with her life while constantly looking over her shoulder. A sense of courage born of her brutal past, Alice reaches out and helps a young woman in need and opens to the door to find herself right back where she's been running from....in danger!

As with any book read by Jim Frangione, I loved the narration of this book. He just does such a good job and narrating the characters and making listeners feel like they have a good grasp of the character's personality. And....although the narration was excellent, Bare It All was just an okay book for me mainly because I couldn't really connect to Alice. Her character was just a bit too cold for me and when she did try to heat up, it was with constant insecurities. Even more, I couldn't quite get on board with her being "billy badass" one minute and mild and meek the next. The chemistry between her and Reece just didn't pop off the pages for me (or in this case pop off my headphones) like Logan and Pepper but it was still a good story.

I am really looking forward to Rowdy's book Getting Rowdy, as well as Dash of Peril which will be Dash and Lieutenant Peterson's book. Anything featuring Rowdy is sure to be a hoot, he really cracks me up. I'm also looking forward to seeing how Dash pursuit of Lieutenant Peterson works out. She seems a bit put-off by his presence but then that could all be an act. I'm giving this one 3 notes and 4 flames (really 3.5 notes)!

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy, #3)

Bold Tricks (The Artists Trilogy, #3) - Karina Halle Bold Tricks is the final installment in Karina Halle's intense saga about 3 individuals, all with stains on their souls and their journey to their individual versions of the end of the rainbow. HOLY Cow, this book was intense, bold, suspenseful, and downright mind boggling! Karina Halle delivers a freaking fan-tas-tic ending to a series that has just been beyond amazing!

I refuse to ruin even one morsel of the book for those who haven't had a chance to pick up a copy yet but I will tell you it picks up exactly where it left off in Shooting Scars and we find ourselves against trying to figure out Javier's true intentions. Additionally, the tension between Camden and Ellie is even more suffocating that you can possibly imagine.

I'll admit that I started this book still on the fence about whether or not I remained Team Camellie (Camden & Ellie) and by the end I definitely took a side and I'm damn happy about how it all ended! There is just so much that happens in this book so I'm going to issue a warning: Do NOT start this book unless you have ample time to keep reading, can stay up all night long and still go to work, or you're at least prepared to call into work claiming to be sick! There are gun fights, police chases, car bombs, shoot outs and just when you think things are coasting back to normal, Halle takes you on another impossible spin. It's like getting on a roller coaster and conquering the main huge drop only to go around the corner and notice you have one more coming!

Overall the story was Awesome and I'm glad I jumped on board! It's a series that will remain in my pile of books that I must have in both book and audiobook format (hint hint Audible)! While the book contains a multitude of action, at the heart is still the ultimate love story and what 2 people will do to ultimately end up together! Here's a few of my favorite lines from the book.

I love you, he said, his voice gruff. And I'll have you. Keep you. Own you. You belong to me, only to me, from now on. ~ Karina Halle

This was the puzzle piece, the part that made my heart stop hurting, my soul stop bleeding. With each thrust of him, up to the hilt, he filled me with hope. He erased the death. He gave me life, if only for that moment, when we were joined as one, and I was a better version than the girl I was before. ~Karina Halle

I know, mind blowing....swoons.....! The dude that says these words has my heart forever! If you loved the other books, don't be afraid to pick this one up. It is a wild ride that will take you through quite a few emotions but in the end it is totally worth the ride. I'm giving Bold Tricks 4 notes and 5 flames! Go read it Now! http://diariesof2thickchicks.blogspot.com

Darkness Rises

Darkness Rises - Dianne Duvall Welcome to the fourth book in the Immortal Guardian series. This book left me wanting so much more. In Darkness Rises, we get to the story of the immortal ??tienne (henceforth referred to as ATM cause spelling his name and pronouncing his name is beyond me!) and the gifted female Krysta. Let me give you a brief history on them both.

??tienne, ummm ATM has been an immortal for over two centuries and fights alongside his twin brother Richart, whom I call Richard, and sister Lisett. I am so happy I listened to the other books because without having had the audiobook version, I would have been clueless to pronouncing the difficult names!While ATM is out on a patrol he stumbles across a chick coming out of a frat house appearing drunk. To his surprise, chick was not drunk but actually playing as bait to get the attention of vampires. ATM stood back to watch the fight for a little while just to see what this

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6)

Shadowed (Dark Protectors, #6) - Rebecca Zanetti OMG words cannot express how much I LOVED Shadowed ! Jase Kayrs is the youngest of the Kayrs brothers; always fun, carefree, and precisely deadly....that is until he is captured and tortured for nearly 5 years by the Demon race. Jase's book picks up 5 years after he was rescued and readers find him still emotionally wounded, angry, and intent of revenge. So intent on revenge that he's willing to do just about anything, including mating a woman he doesn't love, to further his cause of taking down the demons that caused him so much pain.

Brenna Dunne is the 8th sister, born after the 7th sister of a 7th sister. She has spent her life feeling like a freak because there's never been an 8th child born to the 7th sister after a 7th daughter has been born. I know, totally confusing but significant. Brenna has been dying for the past 10 years, after being poisoned by planekite, an element found in Russia that is deadly to witches. Believing she has no other option to save her own life, Brenna enters into an arranged mating with Jase to see if mating a vampire will alter her blood cells and tissues, ultimately removing the poison from her body.

From the start of their relationship, Brenna and Jase have an easy friendship, born of their interactions with one another over several centuries. Brenna reminds Jase of who he use to be and he can't help but feel warmth while in her presence. When an ancient prophecy is unveiled that ties Brenna to the winter solstice and the Pagrurus Comet, Jase will stop at nothing to keep her safe while also hoping that her coming into immense power can somehow restore his power over the elements.

As I have gushed several times before, I love the sense of family that Zanetti breathes into her characters. Jase's emotional state has taken it's toll on all of the brothers and they unfortunately have buried their feelings and emotions in an effort to allow Jase to find a way to move forward without added pressure from his family. No longer do the brothers solve their problems with Jase by beating the crap out of him, instead he is treated as if a slap up side his head will break him.

The parts of this book that I loved most was Jase and Brenna slowly understanding what they mean to one another. Jase if the typical dominant, overbearing, and demanding Kayrs brother, however Brenna is having none of his dominance without throwing major attitude and challenging his every demand. Being a counselor, I also loved Jase's interactions with Lily the Prophet. She was hilarious and her methods for getting Jase to accept his angry, as well as his feelings for Brenna were unconventional but effective. There's much that happens in this book including more on the Janie, Zane, and Kalin front (even though we STILL have no clue what the hell Zane is....blows smoke out my ears and nose!) and Zanetti definitely ratcheted up the suspense in this book. If you have been a fan of the series, Shadowed is definitely not to be missed. I'm giving this 5 notes and 4 flames! http://diariesof2thickchicks.blogspot.com

Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5)

Provoked (Dark Protectors, #5) - Rebecca Zanetti Dear Rebecca Zanetti, you have renewed my faith in paranormal romances featuring vampires, and made me long for the days when I waited on pins and needles for the next Black Dagger Brotherhood book! Sweet Jesus did I LOVE Kane Kayrs!

Known to the immortal world as the smartest immortal in existence, Kane is uber logical and has spent years suppressing his emotions in a effort to control his world! That is....until he meets and touches the beautiful enhanced female, Amber Freebird. Amber is a rare enhanced human known to the immortals as the Destroyer because of her innate human ability to fight mind demons, and to Kane she is his only hope for finding a way to fight the demons that have imprisoned his younger brother Jase for nearly 5 years.

Provoked is book 5 in the series and picks up nearly 5 years after Jordan's book and the war is still going while Jase has been brutally tortured by the demon nation. Kane sets out to apprehend the only Destroyer his allies have been able to find in almost 5 years with the hope that she will somehow help him infiltrate the demon fortress and reclaim his younger brother. What he didn't know was that his journey would led him to his chosen mate and alter the foundation of his existence for eternity.

This series has fastly become one of my all time favorites because it combines two elements that I love in a book: dominate alpha males and a strong sense of family loyalty. From the first book, Zanetti created a world where vampires, shifters, witches, and demons existed together united against their enemy the Kurjans. Well along the way, alliances were broken, new alliances were formed and the immortal world has engaged in a battle that has lasted more than 10 years. While Kane and Amber's mating was quite different from the other three Kayrs brothers that have mated, their story is quite engaging and at times downright funny because of the antics Amber places Kane through to force him to accept, acknowledge and verbalize his feelings for her. It was great to see him loose control and have to step outside of his rigid demeanor to figure out how to interact with his new mate.

The mystery surrounding Janie and her role in the future continues, however Zanetti significantly advances Janie's character maturity and instead of taking orders, she is coming into her own and thus hiding her own secrets. I'm still dying to know what Zane is, other than a vampire, and I suspect that Janie made a crucial mistake in this book that may have dire consequences down the line. I also suspect Kalin may not be as evil as he presents and Janie may actually be his savior. Whether or not my theory will prove true, who knows but I do know that both Zane and Kalin issued a warning to Janie in this book. With Zanetti's history of advancing the series several years ahead, we may see some interaction on the Janie, Zane and Kalin front sooner rather than later.

Up next is Jase's book and I have been granted an advanced copy (though not too advance since the book was about to release) so I'm rolling right on over to Jase to see what happens next! Provoked is received 41/2 notes and 5 flames because Kane PUT IT DOWN!!!!!

Lick: Stage Dive 1

Lick - Kylie Scott "Love and heartbreak made you breathtakingly stupid, desperate even. The things you'd try to tell yourself to make it through, hoping one day you'd believe it." ~Kylie Scott

HOLY COW! LICK is THAT Business type of book! I don't even know where to begin gushing about how much I really loved this book....okay fine, I know but in the interest of not spoiling it for others I won't go into all the ways Lick rocked my world!

Lick starts out with the conventional taboo of boy meets girl in Vegas....girl is drunk and goes off with boy....boy and girl end up married by an Elvis impersonator....and girl has no clue what happened the next morning! That is basically what happens to Evelyn and David in the book, however Kylie Scott weaves this immense screw up into a heart wrenching, soul souring beautiful story! I love, love, love how Scott takes this couple through the ringer in a way that allows both parities to grow, challenge their beliefs about themselves and each other, and eventually make it to a place where they can accept their failures and consciously choose to learn from those mistakes and move forward.

What really worked for me in this book was the fact that the main characters did not just jump in the sack and BOOM, BAM, BING....I love you! Nope, they went through some struggles, faced some real challenges head on, and eventually made their way to finding intimacy in their relationship. Not, I add that it took a large part of the book for the sex to happen, just that the author didn't immediately focus all of her attention of their sexual relationship but more towards finding a way to build their friendship.

The other part that really worked for me in this book was how gentle and sweet David was towards Evelyn. They had their problems but he really handled her with care. His intentions were pure, even when he wasn't allowing himself to trust his feelings for her. There were times I wanted to scream at Evelyn because I felt like she wasn't really standing up for herself...and then I wanted to love her for having the patience to put David's needs in front of her own.

There really wasn't any parts of the book I didn't like. I would have loved to get a little more insight into the other band members, however I'm a details whore so I'm always looking for more info on the minute details that other readers care less about. If you are looking for a really good read that doesn't follow the "typical band book" format, give Lick a try....I promise you won't be disappointed! I'm giving this one 5 notes and 5 flames.

Devoured (Devoured, #1)

Devoured (Devoured, #1) - Emily Snow Devoured is a great kick off book! Sienna Jensen is a recent college grad that refuses to move back home. She plans to stay in California and make her dreams a reality. Unfortunately, her dreams hit a rock when she finds out her grandmother

Law Man (Dream Man, #3)

Law Man (Dream Man, #3) - Kristen Ashley I am going to start this review by stating I want a Detective Mitch Lawson! Law Man by Kristen Ashley is the third book in the Dream Man series and Mitch is 100% a dream man.

The luck lady in this book is Mara, who unfortunately was raised in the stereotypical trailer park. Mara was able to pull herself up to a new life in Denver where she is lucky to be the neighbor of Mitch Lawson. Along with being extremely shy, Mara has low self-esteem which keeps her from approaching the man of her dreams. On a hot scale of 1-10, Mara rates herself as a 2.5. Luckily Mitch does not have this same view of Mara.

Mitch works for the Denver Police Department as a detective and has had his eyes on Mara since he moved next door to her. Mitch finally gets his chance at Mara after 4 years when she gets a broken sink. That's when their world wind romance begins. Mitch thought he had a lot on his hands with breaking Mara out of her shell, however Mara comes with baggage in the form of 2 kids.

This book displays that even though you may not have the perfect past, the future is what you make of it. Mitch shows so much patience and love through this book that is makes you wish he really exist. Mara is a little girl within that doubts herself when she has a new crush but takes it to the extreme! Once you meet her mother and aunt, it becomes clear that Mara has a great excuse for her actions. If you ever had any problems with your mom, wait until you see how worse it could be!

Kristen Ashley did it yet again with the perfect pair. Their love story is full of ups and downs and keeps the reader intrigued from beginning to end. Beware: you may want to call out from work the next day when you start this book because you will not want to put it down!

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Hunter's Heart: Alpha Pack Book 4

Hunter's Heart: Alpha Pack Book 4 - J.D. Tyler I liked this one better than Black Moon. Full review to follow!

Archangel's Legion (Guild Hunter)

Archangel's Legion - Nalini Singh FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC is the only way to describe the phenomenal writing Nalini Singh displays in her latest book, Archangel's Legion. This was by far the best book in the series and rounding out to be my favorite read of 2013 thus far! This review will be short because I refuse to give away any of the gooey morsels held within mostly because you MUST experience them for yourself.

In Archangel's Legion we find Elena and Raphael continuing to grow as a couple and Elena steadily gaining more strength and confidence in her new barely immortal status. Singh does an awesome job of bringing previous characters to the forefront and also advancing some of the more elusive story lines. We gain more insight into Elena's family heritage with a shocking discovery that will lead readers to see her father Jeffrey in a new light and maybe even forgive his past discretionary treatment of Elena. We also learn whether Vivek is a viable candidate for becoming a vampire and his reaction to discovering Elena requested he be tested. Additionally, readers are treated to the beauty of the new and blossoming relationship with Elena's younger hunter born sister Eve as the two sisters fight to find common ground among Jeffrey's hatred of their unique gifts.

The parts of Archangel's Legion that I will hold near and dear lies in the growth that both Elena and Raphael have embraced in their battle to save New York from the deadly army threatening to crush their territory forever. Singh takes us back to the Raphael we first met in Angel's Blood, and we are treated to the cold and concise version of Raphael that would have him erasing the memories of Elena's closest friends in a effort to maintain the secrets of the angels. The beauty comes from Elena brutally fighting Raphael for the right to keep her friends' memories whole, while also realizing that she will inevitably have to embrace her new allegiances because of her love for Raphael. We also see Elena start to embrace her role as Consort and start to act in that role while forging her own allegiances with the angels and vampires in Raphael's territory.

I am anxiously awaiting the next installment in the Guild Hunter world especially with the big unveil in the finale of the book. Singh provides just enough crumbs to leave readers speculating whose book will be next. I'm putting my money on Aodhan just because he has become front and center in this book and made some strides towards gaining the healing he so desperately needs. Either way, I"m on board and will be on pins and needles awaiting her announcement for the release date of the next book. Have you read Archangel's Legion yet? What did you think? Leave me a comment and lets discuss......I'm giving this one 5 Huge Awe Inspiring Notes and 5 Flames because Raphael and Elena heated up the sheets!
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Tempting His Mate (A Werewolf Romance)

Tempting His Mate - Savannah Stuart I am Ab-so-lute-ly LOVING this new shifter mini series by Savannah Stuart! Tempting His Mate is book 3 in the series and features the mating of Ascher Kincaid and Ella Hayes. As with the previous books in the series, Savannah Stuart makes it a point to give readers a glimpse of the couples previously featured, and how they are getting along in the Kincaid Wolf Pack.

Ascher Kincaid has been living the life of a lone wolf for more than a century....a fate he relegated himself to after losing his mate to rough jaguar shifters. Tired of being alone, Ascher makes the decision to come out of hiding and take a job as head of security at one of the pack owned resorts. Cousin to the alpha Grant, Ascher is no stranger to shifter antics, nor is he a lightweight. In fact, Ascher is powerful enough to become an alpha of his own pack. Especially after his time in solitude with nothing to do but hone his power, and think about all he lost when his mate died. Only participating in brief hookups with no relationship expectations, Ascher is resigned to his loveless future.....that is until he has a chance encounter with Ella Haynes which leads to the awakening of his wolf and desires he thought long buried.

Ella Hayes is a jaguar shifter that recently decided to flee her pride and join the Kincaid Wolf Pack as the new accountant for one of their beach resorts. After her sister humiliated her by announcing plans to mate her ex at a pride meeting, Ella doesn't think that she could survive in a pride where members give her pitying looks. A creature of caution and routine, Ella is desperate to embrace her new life by allowing herself the freedom to have a little fun, and what better way to embrace the new Ella than to get HOT and SPICY between the sheets with a sexy as hell wolf that makes her shed all her inhibitions. Thinking that the one night she shared with Ascher is far behind, Ella is shocked to discover that not only is Ascher a Kincaid, but he is also the head of security at her new job!

By nature, I am drawn to shifter books and particularly wolf shifter books! This one is no exception and the fact that they are short stories and not full length books is what has really made them a success in my mind! Tempting His Mate had all my favorite elements....the mating call, an intense attraction, open communication, a mystery, and a sexy HOT alpha male that wasn't afraid to show his sensitive side. Both Ascher and Ella brought relationship baggage into the mating, however both were cautious and took things slow. I loved how Ascher was protective but not in a demeaning way...allowing Ella to take part in the investigation of who was trashing her office and home. I also loved how Ascher took things slowly with Ella and was willing to put the intense attraction on the back burner in favor of giving Ella time to get to know him and trust that he was really interested in her. If you have enjoyed books like the Psy/Changeling series and other similar shifter books, you will love these short stories! I'm giving Tempting His Mate 4 notes and 4 flames!

I was provided of complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This review reflects my honest opinion of the book and I was not compensated in any way.

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