My Review of Bounty’s Flame by Lia Davis



Bounty’s Flame
By
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Lia Davis

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His claim on the Phoenix and her host will finally unite them…or destroy them all.

Amelia Carter has one goal: to stay alive and keep the Phoenix within from falling victim to the evil that has kept them on the run for the past year. With the Phoenix’s power of sight, they are able to stay one step ahead, until Caleb Reed catches up with them, sparking desires beyond her wildest fantasies.

A shapeshifting hellhound and paranormal bounty hunter, Caleb finally ends his century-long search for his runaway mate. When he discovers his charge is the Phoenix who fled his bed over a hundred years ago, he turns the tables on the crime lord who seeks to capture her for her powers. Keeping his mate safe becomes his priority, because he won’t fail her again.

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Amelia has essentially inherited the Phoenix from her now deceased partner and bestfriend Melissa. On the run from Levi, a demon who wants the Phoenix and the one who murdered Melissa, Amelia has been having very sensual dreams. She doesn’t know the man but the Phoenix does.

Caleb has been having erotic dreams of his runaway mate, Nix. He has been looking for her for a century and suddenly she’s in his mind. Levi summons the bounty hunter for a job, find Amelia and bring her to him alive.

This is a favorite scene between Amelia and the Phoenix she calls Mel as she sees Caleb for the first time.

After pumping her gas, she used the restroom, thankful it was inside the store, and then picked up a soda and bag of chips on her way to the counter. A large man, with short brown hair, broad shoulders, and a navy blue T-shirt, entered the store. Mel went quiet. Amelia didn’t need the Phoenix to tell her the guy wasn’t a man, but a demon.

The same demon from the too-hot-for-words dreams.

Heart pounding, she tried to stay calm while the clerk checked her out.

Mel, this is not the time to leave me.

“Um, he’s a hellhound with shape shiftingabilities. He’s also a bounty hunter.”

Fuck me. That wasn’t good. Levi sent him, didn’t he? Mel didn’t respond. Mel. What is wrong with you?

“Nothing. Let’s get out of here.”

In the year they’d been together, Mel had never lied to her. But that was what the Phoenix just did. Amelia knew it. Or at least Mel was not telling her something, and that was the same thing in Amelia’s book. She bet it had something to do with the erotic dreams.

Gathering her purchases, she darted out the door and ran to her car. They were on the road within moments.

“Spill. What the hell is going on?”

Mel let out a sigh. “That demon is my mate.”

Oh, hell no.

“You do realize he is here to either kill us or take us to Levi.”

“There is that.” Mel fell silent for a moment. “We could seduce him. With a hellhound on our side, you’d be strong enough to kill Levi and whoever else comes after us.”

The Phoenix had gone insane, completely lost it.

“I’m not seducing a demon.”

“We can’t fight him either. Besides, we have been seducing him for the last few months.”

“The dreams?” When the Phoenix didn’t reply, Amelia released a frustrated growl. She already knew the answer. “Damn it, Mel. Why couldn’t your mate be a nice, normal, wealthy human?”

The bird didn’t respond. Whatever. Damn it.

“I’m not on board with this until you explain to me who he is to you.”

Mel blew out a frustrated breath. “I told you, he’s my mate. Now that he has found me…us, he will track us no matter where we go. At least leading him to the farm will be away from human ears and eyes.”

There was a hint of saddens in her tone that made Amelia’s heart ache.

“He broke your heart.”

“More like broke my trust. Although, I’m not sure it was completely his fault.”

“I’m so confused.” Amelia gripped the steering wheel tighter. “I’m not seducing him. I’ll talk to him, but I’m not seducing him.”
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When Caleb finds his quarry he’s surprised to find not only is she the Phoenix’s host, she is also his mate. Keeping them from Levi and other hunters is a challenge Caleb is more than willing to take on. He will protect his mates with everything he has and they will protect him as well.

A fast paced read with lots going on. Plenty of action, intrigue and heat combine to make this an enjoyable read.

5 Contented Purrs for Lia!

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In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.

While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.

Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it!

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OMG, I Love this book! Ghost Wolf – Wolves of Willow Bend Book 12 – By Heather Long



Ghost Wolf
Wolves of Willow Bend Book 12
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Most Lone Wolves have a story—a pack they left behind,
a love they lost, or worse, one they buried.
Some leave their packs to roam because they crave
freedom and independence.
Some leave because in their hearts, they can’t bear to stay.
Some leave because they see no way to go back…

Packs attacked. Humans forced to turn. Enforcers murdered. Following near miss assassination attempts on several prominent wolves. The packs are furious, out for blood and ready for war. Julian has been juggling the conflict without a real target for months, they always seem to be just one step behind the Volchitsa and even the wolves they’ve captured can’t tell them enough. With the fate of the packs resting squarely on his shoulders, Julian, the Chief Enforcer, will swallow his pride to seek out the one wolf he knows can help them all, the one who seems to know all the players, who can think like them…if anyone can find the Volchitsa it’s the ghost he’s hunted for decades…

Dallas Dalton has lived on the run so long, she doesn’t really remember any other way of life. For an all too brief time, she had her daughter with her and the feeling of family until Julian got to too close once again. The damn wolf wouldn’t leave her be, no matter how much she’d sacrificed for him. Seeing him in Russia had been both a blessing and a curse, because no matter what she did, she couldn’t get him out of her system. Then he asked her for help…

Now side-by-side, the Enforcer and the Rogue will have to work together to deal with the Volchitsa once and for all, but can they keep from killing each other in the process?

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While every book in this series has a surprise or three, this one has the most startling ones. A journey that takes us from 1971 to the present and frankly the past is what engages me the most. The young Dallas from Hudson River and the young enforcer Julian.

Julian has always been a mystery, being Chief Enforcer he keeps to himself. No one really knows him, there is an exception to that, Dallas.

Dallas is the rogue who got away and keeps getting away. We have seen her a few times since she’s Chrystal’s mother, but in this book we get to know her and Julian far better than ever before.

The Volchitsa are escalating with their attacks, and Dallas may hold the key to the mystery. Julian must form a truce with Dallas so a solution can found to that problem.

This is a favorite scene when Chrystal calls Julian.

The vibration of his phone distracted him from the dark journey his thoughts traveled. Digging it out of his pocket, he sighed at the name on the screen. Hitting answer, he put the phone to his ear. “Yes?” It was an improvement over his earlier greeting to Amelia. But only slight.

“Is my mother with you?” Chrystal’s voice betrayed only a note of trepidation. The young woman had matured since discovering the security of pack and the grounding influence of her mate along with an alpha strong enough to balance her natural gifts.

“She is,” he admitted, to alleviate her concern. “I met her in Santa Monica as planned.” Chrystal had arranged the meeting with Dallas in the first place—though her first contact offering the information included a number of caveats and the extraction of a promise from him to hear Dallas out and not to kill her.

The pleading in her voice made him agree rather than undermine the security she’d discovered for herself. Of all the Lone Wolves he’d ever dealt with, Chrystal had always been too damn innocent for her own good. It added another log to the pyre he planned to roast Dallas on—she should never have left Chrystal so defenseless.

“Can I talk to her?”

“Don’t believe me?” A part of him wanted her to challenge him. Blind faith only led to battered hearts and shattered belief.

“At the risk of upsetting you, no, I don’t. You’ve hunted my mother for as long as I’ve known you, and you’ve never been particularly forgiving where she or my father were concerned.” The chastisement reminded him of the conversation he’d had with her while driving her from Willow Bend to Three Rivers.

Julian handed her the slip of paper with the phone numbers for the two alphas—Cassius and Brett had both offered her a place in their packs. As the daughter of Brett’s cousin, blood ties secured her a place should she desire it. Carlo’s family had been more circumspect, though they put great value in their lost son. The Garcias were wealthy and influential, but it was Cassius who offered her protection. She’d need it if she went to Sutter Butte. That pack would eat her alive.

“Thank you for the ride,” Chrystal spoke in a low, almost inaudible tone. The girl was more mouse than wolf, but he’d begun to have his suspicions as to why. She wasn’t submissive, no matter how demure.

“You’re welcome, Trouble.” The nickname fit her. She spent the first ten minutes in his presence lying her ass off—terribly. What fascinated him was she had zero concept he could scent the lies or that she wore every emotion in her expression.

“You know I’m not really…a problem for you anymore. Maybe you could just call me Chrystal?” The challenge was a first. Maybe her dalliance with the arrogant Willow Bend whelp had been good for her.

A faint smile creasing his lips, he contained his amusement. “Maybe.”

“Can I ask you a question?” Another first. Impressive.

“You can.”

Sweat stained her scent, nervousness invading her manner but he and his wolf remained calm. She needed that calm more than she realized. “Why now? Why tell me what packs they belong to, now?”

Studying her, he debated sharing the truth. Was she ready to hear it? Could she handle what it would mean? When he’d found her, she’d been inconsolable after he’d called her on her lies. Her need to protect her mother, he understood even if the woman in question deserved no loyalty. “I didn’t know for certain which Carlo was your father,since you only had a first name. Your mother changed her last name.” It wasn’t the whole truth, but close…

“You’re lying.”

“Be very careful about making accusations, Trouble.” Another first, the challenge came with no aggression on her part. “As I recall you didn’t want to know about the packs. When I mentioned them to you the first time, you were terrified.”

Actually, she’d vomited all over his shoes. Then she’d been even more horrified, and rushed into a bathroom to throw up again. It had taken two hours to settle her long enough to hear his explanation.

“I was, but in all fairness, you were scary as hell. You said you’d tracked my father, killed him, and you were after my mother…another Rogue. What was I? I thought you were going to kill me.”

“I thought about it.” Though only for a half-second. Chrystal could not be held accountable for the poor judgment of her parents. What she needed was a keeper, and since Dallas abandoned her, it fell to Julian.

“Okay, you could have lied about that.” The protest amused him. She didn’t quiver or go pale. Nor did she throw up.

She was getting stronger.

“Embracing your wolf will open the world up to you. Deceptions will become clearer, so will agendas.” Pleased at her progress, he wanted to acknowledge her growth. “I’m glad to see you’re not afraid of your wolf anymore.”

“Did you really have to kill my father?” Then again, her time with Dylan seemed to have made her bolder.

“He was a Rogue, Chrystal. Even if the relationship between him and your mother hadn’t violated the laws…what they did with you most certainly did.” A betrayal which continued to sting him even as the presence of the vital young woman next to him who reminded him of her mother in a myriad of ways.

Confronted with the truth, she surprised him with another small lie. “I’m sorry I didn’t tell you about Three Rivers.”

“No you’re not.” Chrystal had run to the nascent pack to escape him. He wasn’t a fool. “That paper has my number on it. If things go wrong here…if it doesn’t work out, call me. I will come get you.”

The alphas should have executed the Italian and her mate, then decided the fates of those they lured into the so-called pack on a case by case basis. Taking her back to Three Rivers didn’t sit well with him, but she had reached her maturity. She had the right to make her own decisions.

No matter how bad they were.

Surprise filtered through her scent and she stared at him. “Why?”

“Because I said I would. Now get out. Your Alpha is coming.” It was time for him to go. Though Luciana Barrows did not make the mistake of approaching his vehicle, the temptation to resolve the upheaval and take Chrystal back to California. “Be careful, Trouble.”

The farewell earned him a small, if honest smile. She’d been abandoned enough in her young life. Transferring his gaze to Rayne Barrows, Luciana’s mate and a former Lone Wolf now gone Rogue, Julian stared at him and his wolf peeked out. The other man fought to hold his gaze, then dropped chin in a small nod.

If anything happened to Chrystal, Julian would be back. The other man needed to understand that.

Despite his idiotic actions, the wolf seemed to read his intentions.

“Julian?” Chrystal’s voice pulled him back to the present.

“One moment.” He put the phone on mute, then touched the intercom button. Dallas had gone to the kitchen in search of a beer, which meant she might still be there or in the salon. He didn’t think about her in his salon too closely. “Dallas, your child is on the phone and requires proof of your continued well-being. Return to the bridge.” He didn’t wait for a response, simply released the button. Then he waited.

Her scent, still drenched with the musk of their sex, preceded her arrival. Picking up the phone, he turned off the mute. Quiet conversation on the other side of the phone told him Chrystal was with her mate, Dylan, as well as her alpha Mason. “Your mother is here.”

Drawing close, Dallas leaned against the console and giving him an eyeful of her toned flesh. Wolves possessed naturally fit physiques, and Dallas seemed built more like one of his Enforcers. She’d always been in good shape, but now she had nothing to spare. The faint stretch marks across her ripped abdomen added to her beauty. She’d carried a child in her womb.

Cold reality drenched him. She’d borne a child for another man.

Lust curbed, he focused on the seas before them as she took the phone. “Hello, baby.” Tenderness softened her voice, a note he hadn’t heard from her in years.

“Hi, Dallas,” Chrystal’s words carried as clear as if the phone were at his ear. Dallas could walk away if she wanted privacy; instead, she stayed by him as comfortable in her bare skin as she’d been facing him down on the beach. “I was worried about you.”

“Baby girl, I can take care of myself. How are you?” Tenderness turned to concern, but her attention was no longer on him but elsewhere. Taking advantage of her distraction, Julian studied her expression. Her barriers were up, her eyes were cool and her expression remote, a perfect contrast to the gentleness in her voice.

“You’re with Julian,” Chrystal’s voice carried warning not trepidation. “He’s been hunting you for years…and he told me he killed Carlo. Yes, Dylan, I know he can hear me, and I don’t care. He’s with my mom, and I don’t want him to kill her, too.”

Fierce. Delicate, distracted, and easy to spook, Chrystal had developed a backbone and a ferocious protectiveness. Her mate had done right by her, as had her new pack. Willow Bend might benefit from having an Omega in their midst, but the young Omega had found her teeth and claws. Dallas glanced at him, and a smile curved her lips. For a moment, they were in a perfect accord.

“Don’t worry, baby. I told you I can take care of myself, and I’m not afraid of big, bad Julian.” Her smile grew with every word. “He and I laid a few facts bare between us.”

Infuriating as she was, the woman still had the power to amuse him. He tipped his head to the side and indulged in a leisurely, long look at her. Her nipples peaked as he stared, the pebbling tightening them until they looked like the perfect dark raspberries. When his gaze collided with hers once more, he shook his head.

“I won’t put a finger on Dallas, Chrystal.” Directing the comment toward her daughter sent heat sparking in her gaze. She wasn’t the only one with the power of verbal claws.

The girl’s huffed sigh betrayed impatience. “Mason wants to know if either of you have an update.”

“Tell that pup to keep his focus on his pack, and we’ll take care of the rest.”
Heather Long. Ghost Wolf (Kindle Locations 1532-1615). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

Dallas’ love for her daughter is very apparent in that conversation.

Julian has much to catch up on where Dallas is concerned and you won’t be disappointed as surprises start showing up.

Lots of nostalgia from the past, compiled with sparring both verbal and physical between these two. Even with that they do manage to find direction.

We get to see just about everyone in this book. Even Margo and Salvatore show up briefly.

Truths beyond games, a trial, an Alpha Conclave and some shocking surprises send this book to the top of my all time favorites.

I can’t wait to see where Heather takes these wolves from here.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

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USA Today bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas in the summertime.

From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories–her characters drive the books.

When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.


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Texas Justice – Diamond Lakes Book 1 By Cynthia D’Alba



Texas Justice
Diamond Lakes Book 1
By
NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
Cynthia D’Alba

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First-term Sheriff is torn between duty and love when the Chief of Surgery is accused of medical malpractice and homicide.

Following an auto accident and a death during surgery, Sheriff Kyle Monroe is pulled between professional responsibilities and his personal life. He’s ready to stand by Dr. Tess Sweeney to fight bogus medical malpractice charges, even under pressure from his doctor brother and the county District Attorney distance himself from her. He has to clear her of the charges to keep their new found love going.

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After reading Hot SEAL, Cold Beer and seeing the connection to Diamond Lakes, I had to go back and read this one. It was originally part of the Cowboy Justice Anthology. I really loved this book, it got me riled up in more ways than one!

Sheriff Kyle Monroe and Dr. Tess Sweeny are a couple, problem is no one knows. She has insisted on that since Kyle’s had been her patient and his twin brother Troy is Chief of Staff at the hospital. Troy doesn’t like her very much, not personally or professionally. She was hired by the board of directors as Chief of Surgery, before he was appointed.

Car accidents happen quickly and the results can be devastating for parents, in this case the news is bad for one set of parents and good for the other. In this case 2 prominent families are involved and the doctor has a not so pleasant history with one of them.

Here is the scene that had me up in arms routing for the doctor.

A hand clasped down hard on her shoulder and wheeled her around. Preston Lloyd had followed her from the room and now glared at her, his jaw flexing and relaxing. “Excuse us, Sheriff. Tess and I need to have a private conversation,” he said and jerked Tess off to one side.

“I want to know why you killed my son. Did you think it would be the perfect revenge? The perfect way to get back at me? Did you? Did you? It was just a car accident. There’s no way my son could have died from it.” His voice vibrated with rage. His hands were rolled into tight fists at his side.

“That’s enough, Lloyd.” Kyle said, stepping between them.

“You bitch.” He leaned toward Tess, pointing his finger in her face. “I’ll have your license, Tess. I’ll personally see to it that you never kill another person.”

“Preston, I—” Her heart thumped painfully against her chest. Diamond Lakes was a small town with a tight medical community. Preston had enough political clout to ruin her career if he so chose.

“I said that’s enough.” Kyle pressed his hand on Lloyd’s chest to hold him away from Tess. All he was missing was the suit of armor.

She shouldn’t be relieved to have Kyle protecting her. She should be strong enough to stand up for herself. But she was so tired, so heartbroken, so fragile right now. A single word could reduce her to tears. When she laid her hand on Kyle’s back, the muscles were tense and strained.

Preston shoved Kyle’s shoulder to dislodge his restraining hand. “You stay out of this, Monroe— if you want to keep your job as sheriff. I can make your reelection campaign fizzle before it starts.” He glared at Tess over Kyle’s shoulder. “This is between me and this lying, vindictive murderer. She killed my son.”

Kyle placed his hand on Preston’s shoulder and squeezed. Preston flinched. “That’s more than enough. Dr. Sweeney isn’t to blame. I’m sorry for your loss, Preston. You need to go see to your wife.”

Preston jerked his shoulder out of Kyle’s grasp. “This isn’t over, Tess. Not by a long shot. I’ll be contacting the head of hospital, the chairman of the board, and the president of the Texas Medical Society and filing a complaint about you with each of them. I promise you, I will find a way to ruin your life like you ruined mine tonight.” He stormed away, slamming the surgery waiting room door against the wall.
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Preston starts the trouble immediately and in a media storm. Blaming the driver of the other vehicle and the doctor as well claiming drunkenness on both their parts. As the truth unwinds there are quite a few surprises for all involved.

This book shows the incredibly insane things that happen when people in a positions of power misuse it. The ability to fight and overcome is a real battle in these situations.

An intense, well written satisfying read, with a sizzling romance to make your heart race.

5 Contented Purrs for Cynthia!

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Hi Y’All! I’m Cynthia D’Alba from Arkansas.Here’s a little about me…

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Cynthia D’Alba started writing on a challenge from her husband in 2006 and discovered having imaginary sex with lots of hunky men was fun.

She was born and raised in a small Arkansas town. After being gone for a number of years, she’s thrilled to be making her home back in Arkansas living in a vine-covered cottage on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading or writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

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Wolf Unleashed – SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team – Book 5 By Paige Tyler



Wolf Unleashed
SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team Book 5
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Paige Tyler

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SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM

Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head—right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she’s even more terrified… Now it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and earn back Lacey’s trust and, ultimately, her heart.

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Lacy is a vet whose passion for animals won’t let her stop trying to find the source of the dog fights that keeps animal control bringing severely injured dogs to her doorstep. The problem is her snooping is not only endangering herself but also an investigation that encompasses far more than just the dog fighting.

Alex meets Lacey when Doc Jones isn’t around for Tuffie’s check-up. Although she’s not familiar with Tuffie’s injuries, he really can’t reschedule this appointment. He wants to get to know her better but keeps getting shot down. Apparently she has no time for dating, but Alex is determined.

This is a favorite scene at Tuffie’s vet appointment.

She pushed her hair behind her ear and cleared her throat. “I guess we ought to get on with Tuffie’s checkup. So you can get back to saving the world and everything.”

“Yeah, of course.”

Reaching down, Alex gently picked up Tuffie and set her on the stainless steel exam table.

“Nice muscle tone,” Lacey murmured.

Alex felt the compliment go right to his head. “Thanks.”

“Actually, I was talking about Tuffie,” Lacey said as she tenderly ran her hands over the dog’s shoulders.

“Oh.”

She looked up at him from beneath her lashes. “But yours is pretty good too.”

Alex chuckled. Damn, this woman was good. He had her by a foot in height and more than a hundred pounds in weight, yet she was playing him like a fiddle, and he didn’t mind one bit. He couldn’t remember ever having such an immediate and intense reaction to any woman he’d ever met. Suddenly, he wanted to know everything there was to know about her—and then some.

Lacey was more than accommodating, telling him about how she’d recently gotten a job here after working several years at a place on the west side of Dallas closer to Arlington.

“I loved it there, but this place is closer to my apartment,” she told him as she continued to examine Tuffie. “I’ve cut my commute time by about an hour and a half each way, so it’s like getting a whole extra day off to do stuff I want to do instead of sitting in traffic.”

“And what do you like to do with all this extra time?” he asked.

Lacey leaned over to read something in Tuffie’s medical records. Alex tensed, worried she’d found something wrong, but after a moment, she merely nodded to herself, then went back to checking Tuffie.

“I do a lot of volunteer work at one of the nearby animal shelters,” she said. “I’m also on call to help out both Animal Services and the DPD Animal Cruelty Squad when they run into injured dogs.”

Whoa. A woman who spent her days taking care of dogs for a living, then did it during her spare time for free? That was definitely a woman Alex could appreciate.

“It’s pretty amazing that you give so much of your time to animal causes,” he said. “Getting called out at all hours of the day and night must be tough on your boyfriend, though.”

Lacey urged Tuffie over on her back, pressing carefully along one of the long scars that ran all the way from the base of her rib cage to the middle of her cute pink tummy.

“I don’t have a boyfriend right now,” she said, the corners of her mouth turning up. “My life is a little too busy for that at the moment.”

Bingo! Alex had already noticed she wasn’t wearing a ring. Now he knew she wasn’t seeing anyone. Could this get any better?

Lacey finished her inspection of Tuffie’s surgical scars, then rolled her back over and gave her an affectionate pat on the head.

“Everything looks great,” she announced.

Alex grinned. “Excellent.” He picked up Tuffie and set her on the floor. “I know you spend a lot of your off time volunteering, but I’d really love to take you out to dinner sometime.”

Lacey picked up Tuffie’s chart and made some notes as she walked around to his side of the exam table. Alex took a deep breath, taking in her scent. His nose wasn’t usually the best, but damn, she smelled good.

“I’d really love to, but I can’t.” She smiled up at him. “Like I said, my life is way too hectic right now. Thanks for asking, though.”

A sinking feeling like he’d never felt before settled in the pit of Alex’s stomach. Shit, it felt like he’d been punched in the gut. He cleared his throat, muttering something about it being no big deal, then quickly left the room with Tuffie. He did everything he could not to let anything show on his face, but on the inside, he was disappointed as hell. He was so bummed he barely remembered paying the receptionist, but since no one stopped him when he left, he supposed he must have.

Alex paused when he got to his pickup, still trying to figure out what the hell had just happened. He looked down at Tuffie, but she seemed just as confused as he was. He’d never considered himself a smooth talker like Remy or some of the other guys in the Pack, but when he asked a woman out, he never got turned down. At least not since he’d gone through his change more than three years ago.

“Did I miss something?” he asked Tuffie. “She was flirting with me in there, wasn’t she?”

The pit bull mix didn’t say anything one way or the other, but the expression on her face seemed to indicate she agreed with him. Lacey Barton had been feeling him. The chemistry he’d been picking up on hadn’t been a figment of his imagination. None of that mattered though, because she’d shot him down without a moment’s hesitation. And damn, it stung like a son of a bitch.
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It would take some doing but with some help from Lacey’s friend Wendy who is also on the police force, Lacey finally goes out with Alex. The attraction is intense and the relationship has to go slow because of Lacey’s younger sister Kelsey.

Lacey finds herself narrowly escaping trouble while looking for a lead to tie the owner of a junkyard to the dogfights in an investigation. Alex saves her from discovery but she sees his other form and gets scared off.

When her sister Kelsey disappears, she finds she really didn’t know her sister at all and the only one she can turn to is Alex.

With a designer drug named fireball on the streets and young girls disappearing and sending emails to the school dropping out of classes, Alex and the team are busier than usual. With Kelsey one of the missing Alex gives everything he has to find Lacey’s sister and keep both of them safe.

A page-turning read with plenty of action, suspense, laughter, tears and sizzling heat. 

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Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty,independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.

She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.

When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)


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Re-Reading the Sleeper SEALs! Saving Zola – Sleeper SEALs Book 4 by Becca Jameson


The Sleeper SEALs, are former U.S. Navy SEALs recruited by a new CIA counter-terror division to handle solo dark ops missions to combat terrorism on U.S. soil.

Each book in this multi-author branded series is a standalone novel, and the series does not have to be read in order. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

Saving Zola
Sleeper SEALs Book 4
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Becca Jameson

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Zola Carver has worked her entire life to get where she is—working as an assistant district attorney. She doesn’t have time for threats from a presumed terrorist group.

Mike Dorsen has made a life for himself, moving from foster care, to a master’s in biology, to the SEALs, and finally the FBI. When he gets an assignment from a clandestine faction of the CIA while on vacation, the last person he expects to have in his care is his high school girlfriend, Zola.

Unanswered questions haunt the childhood sweethearts as they reconnect. Their love has never faded, but will secrets held for over a decade tear them apart a second time?

While Zola and Mike run from a terrorist group intent on eliminating Zola, they must find their way back into each other’s hearts as easily as they found their way back into bed.

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I totally got distracted by reading this awesome series. So much so that I didn’t stop to review them all.  With Silver Seals coming in the not so distant future, I thought I’d re-read and finish reviewing these now.

Mike Dorsen is the former SEAL Commander Lambert taps for this latest threat. He is on vacation from the FBI after a long and tedious investigation.

Zola is an Assistant DA who has put several terrorists behind bars for life. Her life has been threatened repeatedly but she has no clue about them. Her father, Senator Carver asked for her to be protected as these threats escalate. She also has history with Mike that goes back to when they were just kids.

Mike won’t trust anyone else with her protection and he hasn’t forgotten the gift she gave him all those years ago. He also hasn’t forgiven himself for cutting everything off.

This is a favorite scene after he convinces her to leave with him.

“I’m in the middle of a case,” she pointed out, her voice holding far less conviction than a minute ago.

“And I’m under the impression your boss, the district attorney, has been informed of your situation and is prepared to deal with your temporary absence from the office with the understanding you will continue to work remotely and check in twice daily. I got us a burner phone, and you can use my secure computer. You’ll need to leave yours behind in case they’re bugged.”

Mike had done his homework. He’d studied studied her file cover to cover. He’d spoken with Lambert early that morning and then again on his way to her condo.

Zola closed her eyes as she took another sip of her coffee. Finally, she set it down, seemingly resigned. “Fine. What’s the plan?”

Without flinching, he spoke. “I have a vacation home I’ve been renting for the month. We could return there if you’d like, or if you have another destination in mind, I’ll let go of my rental and we can make other plans.”

“Where?”

“Norfolk.”

“Virginia?”

“Is there another?” he teased, forcing a small smile.

She narrowed her gaze. “It’s just that it’s February. And it’s cold. You chose a beach property in the Northeast? Why not Florida or San Diego?”

Mike shrugged. “I don’t mind the cold. And I’m not the sort of person who needs to surf or lie in the sun. I just wanted peace and quiet for a month or two before taking my next assignment.”

“How long did that last?”

“Four days.”

She winced. “Shit. Bummer.”

“Is it?” He lifted a brow. The way he saw it currently, there was every possibility this working vacation wouldn’t suck at all. He was going to spend countless days with a woman he once loved more than himself. Unless she had undergone a drastic personality change, he intended to enjoy every moment of her company.

A slow smile spread across Zola’s face. “Jury’s still out on that one.”
Jameson, Becca. Saving Zola (Sleeper SEALs Book 4) (pp. 32-33). Becca Jameson Publishing. Kindle Edition.

There is plenty of action both in and out of the bedroom. These two have to come to terms with the past as well as their future, even though they are constantly on the run to evade the bad guys.

I loved that his go to contact is a former SEAL I happen to love, Tex (from Susan Stoker’s worlds). Even though Mike has Lambert and the CIA behind him, Tex always seems to get the right information a lot faster.

Fast paced, action packed and family drama with lots of sizzle to have you turning the pages.

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After editing for about five years she recently started writing. She is loving the journey, dabbling in various genres.

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Late at night she can usually be found sequestered in her office creating fantasy with a glass of red wine and a bar of dark chocolate.

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New Release! Wedding At Poker Flat – Poker Flat Book 5 By Lexi Post



Wedding At Poker Flat
Poker Flat Book 5
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Lexi Post

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Wade Johnson wants to make their wedding perfect for his bride-to-be. The problem is, “perfect” doesn’t exist at Poker Flat.

Kendra Lowe, former professional poker player and current sole owner of Poker Flat Nudist Resort, is more than ready to marry her almost perfect cowboy, but when her mother arrives a week early, she’s unprepared for the emotions and baggage that come with her—from her blunt ways, to old memories, to her soon-to-be ex.

Wade has finally convinced his fiancé to tie the knot. Unfortunately, there are more knots that need to be untied first. Luckily, the misfit band of employees at Poker Flat are determined to help him get her to the altar…one way or another.

Gun-shy after her first beautiful wedding ended in a demoralizing marriage and harsh divorce, Kendra’s hoping this one is anything but perfect. As hard as it is for her to accept, some things are simply out of her control. It becomes very clear that this wedding will depend more on her family, friends, and if love truly can conquer all. If it does, it’s even stronger than she is.

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I’ve been waiting for this wedding for a long time and I am so excited it’s finally here. Although there are some interesting snags as the day approaches.

The first one, Kendra’s Mom shows up lock, stock and barrel a week early for the wedding, expecting to move in. She truly has no filter and is hilarious even though Kendra doesn’t always think so.

With no available casitas they temporarily put her up in the stable manager’s office.

This is a favorite scene when Kendra’s Mom arrives in the middle of the night.

“You’re gonna bring my sweeties and the rest of my bags now, right?”

Mac shook her head. “Not until Kendra tells us where you’re staying. Like I said, the resort is full.” Mac moved her gaze to her. “Right, boss?”

She nodded. “We are, but I’m sure mom is tired, so we can put her in Jorge’s office for tonight. In the morning, Lacey can work her magic I’m sure.”

“Office? What? You expect me to sleep on a desk or something?” Her mother frowned, clearly expecting the worse. “Why can’t I stay with you?”

“I’m afraid all I have is a small couch and Jorge’s office has a big comfy one. Wade has already gone over there and made it up for you.”

Her mother crossed her arms over her ample bosom. “The groom. I want to meet this man. I didn’t inspect your last fiancé before that marriage and look how that worked out.”

Her chest squeezed at the reminder of what an idiot she’d been. “Very true. I’m sure Wade will answer any questions you have tomorrow. I think we should get you settled in.”

“To an office. Nice way to treat your mother.”

Kendra ignored her mother’s mumbled words. She had no doubt her mom would be thrilled with the accommodations once she saw them. “Mac, why didn’t you just bring her bags down on the cart?” She’d noticed there was only one bag on the back.

Mac glanced at her mother. “Because we’re going to need the wagon to get them all down here.”

“What?” She looked at her mom. “What did you bring? The kitchen sink?”

Her mother’s lips formed a slow, smug smile. “I would have if I could have cut the pipes.”

Airlines charged per bag. Her mother didn’t have that kind of money. In fact, she couldn’t have received the airline ticket yet, since it had just been mailed two days ago.

“Mom, how did you get here?” Even if she took the bus, a cab ride to Poker Flat would have been over a hundred dollars from the Phoenix station.

Her mother shrugged. “I drove.”

She widened her eyes. “Drove? You and Fred bought a second car?” Could the man who produced her have gotten his act together after all these years?

Her mother laughed. “Not even close. I took the car, everything I could fit in it and all the money in our account. I’ve left your father. I’m going to live here while the divorce goes through. Aren’t you happy?”

In complete shock, it took her a moment to notice the vibration in her back pocket. Turning away from her mother’s triumphant smile, she answered the phone.

“Yes?” Her voice came out in a whisper.

“Kendra, what’s wrong?” Wade’s voice on the other end had her heart clicking into a more normal rhythm. Only he had the sixth sense when it came to her emotions.

Taking a few steps away from her mom, she kept her voice low. “Mom just informed me she’s divorcing Fred and plans to live here until it goes through.”

Wade’s low whistle on the other end reassured her he understood exactly how impossible the situation was. “That’s a big pile of shit to deal with at this early hour in the morning. Just bring her over here, and we’ll hash it all out later.”

“Right.”

“That’s awfully rude.” Her mother’s voice carried as it always did. “It’s the middle of the fucking night and she has to take a phone call? I thought this was a nudie resort. Why do you have sweats on?”

Mac’s low tones floated over. “Because staff are not allowed to go nude while working.”

“That seems weird. You’d think everyone would be nude here.”

Kendra took a deep breath. “We’ll be right there.” Ending the call, she spun around and strode toward her mom. “Okay, let’s get you to bed.”
Post, Lexi. Wedding at Poker Flat (Poker Flat Series Book 5) (Kindle Locations 108-139). Lexi Post. Kindle Edition.

Now Jorge gets a big surprise in the morning and he does do a bit of flirting, which we all know is gonna backfire on him.

Then Wade’s folks decide to make the trip a bit early, their arrival had me laughing out loud.

There is plenty of fun, laughs, a bit of drama and lots of love and sizzle in this book. I can’t wait to see what Lexi will have in store for Poker Flat next.

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Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of erotic romance. She spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s War and Peace, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. From hot paranormals to sizzling cowboys to hunks from out of this world, Lexi provides an erotic experience with a “whole lotta story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.

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A Recommendation I Loved! Mackenzie’s Mountain – Mackenzie Family Book 1 by Linda Howard



Mackenzie’s Mountain
Mackenzie Family Book 1
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Linda Howard

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A small Wyoming town is about to learn a few lessons from a new schoolteacher with the courage to win the heart of a man who swore he had nothing to give….

Mary Elizabeth Potter is a self-appointed spinster with no illusions about love. But she is a good teacher and she wants Wolf Mackenzie’s son back in school. And after one heated confrontation with the boy s father, she knows father and son have changed her life forever.

Still paying for a crime he didn’t commit, Wolf Mackenzie has a chip on his shoulder the size of Wyoming. But prim-and-proper Mary Elizabeth Potter doesn’t see Wolf as the dangerous half-breed the town has branded him. Somehow she sees him as a good, decent, honest man. A man who could love…

Wolf’s not sure he or the town of Ruth, Wyoming is ready for the taming of Wolf Mackenzie.

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I fell in love with this book from the moment Mary started up the mountain to find out why a top student dropped out of school. She was underdressed for the harsh Wyoming weather yet determined not to let it stop her.

When her car dies she starts walking to the house with no idea how much further it might be. Wolf finds her on his way down the mountain for supplies, she is beyond just cold. While Wolf might be harsh in attitude he was gentle in helping her warm up, mind you they get heated in more than one way.

This is a favorite scene as Mary comes to the point of her visit.

Mary licked her lips, oblivious to the way his eyes followed the movement. She had to say something, but she didn’t know what. His physical nearness seemed to have paralyzed her thought processes. My goodness, he was warm! And close. She should remember why she had come here in the first place, instead of acting like a ninny because a very good-looking, in a rough sort of way, very masculine person was too close to her. She licked her lips again, cleared her throat, and said, “Ah . . . I came to speak to Joe, if I may.”

His expression changed very little, yet she had the impression that he was instantly aloof. “Joe isn’t here. He’s doing chores.”

“I see. When will he be back?”

“In an hour, maybe two.”

She looked at him a little disbelievingly. “Are you Joe’s father?”

“Yes.”

“His mother is . . . ?”

“Dead.”

The flat, solitary word jarred her, yet at the same time she was aware of a faint, shocking sense of relief. She looked away from him again. “How did you feel about Joe quitting school?”

“It was his decision.”

“But he’s only sixteen! He’s just a boy—”

“He’s Indian,” Wolf interrupted. “He’s a man.”

Indignation mingled with exasperation to act as a spur. She jerked her hands from his armpits and planted them on her hips. “What does that have to do with anything? He’s sixteen years old and he needs to get an education!”

“He can read, write and do math. He also knows everything there is to know about training horses and running a ranch. He chose to quit school and work here full-time. This is my ranch, and my mountain. One day it will be his. He decided what to do with his life, and it’s train horses.” He didn’t like explaining his and Joe’s personal business to anyone, but there was something about this huffy, dowdy little teacher that made him answer. She didn’t seem to realize he was Indian; intellectually she knew it, but she obviously had no idea what it meant to be Indian, and to be Wolf Mackenzie in particular, to have people turn aside to avoid speaking to him.

“I’d like to talk to him anyway,” Mary said stubbornly.

“That’s up to him. He may not want to talk to you.”

“You won’t try to influence him at all?”

“No.”

“Why not? You should at least have tried to keep him in school!”

Wolf leaned very close, so close that his nose was almost touching hers. She stared into his black eyes, her own eyes widening. “He’s Indian, lady. Maybe you don’t know what that means. Hell, how could you? You’re an Anglo. Indians aren’t welcome. What education he has, he got on his own, without any help from the Anglo teachers. When he wasn’t being ignored, he was being insulted. Why would he want to go back?”

She swallowed, alarmed by his aggression. She wasn’t accustomed to men getting right in her face and swearing at her. Truthfully, Mary admitted that she wasn’t accustomed to men at all. When she had been young, the boys had ignored the mousy, bookish girl, and when she had gotten older the men had done the same. She paled a little, but she felt so strongly about the benefits of a good education that she refused to let him intimidate her. Big people often did that to smaller people, probably without even thinking about it, but she wasn’t going to give in simply because he was bigger than she. “He was at the head of his class,” she said briskly. “If he managed that on his own, think of what he could accomplish with help!”

He straightened to his full height, towering over her. “Like I said, it’s up to him.”

The coffee had long since finished brewing, so he turned to pour a cup and hand it to her. Silence fell between them.
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The attraction between these two is apparent and the reason she’s there has nothing to do with that. Mary is going to get a rude awakening to the way the town feels about the Mackenzie’s and Wolf’s past.

Plenty of suspense as the past rears its ugly head. Wolf tries to stay away from Mary even though she stands up for him and Joe at every turn, but the heat of their attraction won’t be held at bay.

So much to love in this book, from Mary’s strength and convictions, Joe’s thirst for knowledge and obsession with flying, to Wolf’s Alpha tendencies and way with horses.

I am totally hooked on this series and am reading the next one Mackenzie’s Mission (link below).

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Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, and Dying to Please. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two golden retrievers.


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