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I am a retired software developer, avid reader and reviewer. While I read all genres, I love romance and erotic romance. I am devoting this blog to the Authors of Romance, for now. I occasionally review books for Bea's Book Nook where you can catch my reviews for books that do not qualify under the Romance genre.

More from my re-read of the Wolves of Willow Bend – Snow Wolf – Wolves of Willow Bend Book 9



Snow Wolf
Wolves of Willow Bend Book 9
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Heather Long

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Don’t miss the highly anticipated installment in the Wolves of Willow Bend as we travel north to one of the most secretive packs in the U.S.

Ranae is the youngest of the Buckleys and the only girl amongst three powerful male siblings. Her restlessness and dominant nature affected her every relationship within Willow Bend, not to mention testing the patience of her Alpha. Apprenticeship to the Hunters fed her desire for a purpose. When her Alpha and eldest brother ask her to undertake a mission to the Yukon territory, she’s thrilled at the opportunity to be useful. Clashing with the Alpha was the last thing she expected on the dangerous assignment.

The oldest Alpha in the U.S. packs lives a gray existence. The loss of his mate so many decades before wears away at him until he doesn’t give a damn about anything. The problems of the other packs are not his, and he prefers to be left to his isolation. The arrival of the Chief Enforcer annoys him, but it is the wolf traveling with him who wakes the predator in Diesel. The scent of mate clings to her, but she rejects his overtures and challenges him on every level.

War may be coming for the Yukon, but Diesel’s battle is very personal…

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If you’ve been reading this series, you know the Buckley’s are a close knit family and every one of the siblings have Alpha potential. The Triplets, AJ, Ty and Lincoln, have all found their mates. AJ is Mason’s second and mated to turned wolf Vivian. Ty and Claire are finally mated and currently assisting Cassius the Sutter Butte Alpha, and finally Linc is mated to Seraphina the Delta Crescent Alpha. Which brings me to Ranae, she has been somewhat on the outside since her taunting of Claire ended up with her hurting Mason’s mate Alexis.

Sent to train as a hunter she has now reached apprenticeship and has been allowed back into Willow Bend for brief periods of time. Now Mason and AJ have decided that she should be the one to go to the Yukon to ascertain Diesel is still the Alpha and in control. If he is then she is to inform him of the attacks that have occurred at Hudson River and Sutter Butte by Russian wolves.

Julian will be the one escorting her, and she has gathered as much information as she can from the hunters who have gone there before. Not really relishing the primitive conditions they described she embraces the responsibility Mason has entrusted her with.

Julian is not easy to get along with on a good day, and when he takes off for the day in wolf form she is relieved. Hopefully he will find Diesel so she can deliver her messages and go home. Cold showers weren’t cutting it.

Diesel knew immediately that Ranae is his mate, the one whose scent taunted him while in Willow Bend.

This is a favorite scene between them in the guest cabin.

“I don’t want to fight you.”

“Wonderful. I have no desire to fight you, but if you need to beat on me to make yourself feel better, go right ahead. I’m very sturdy.”

The corner of her mouth kicked into an involuntary smile, and his breath lodged in his throat, the single glimpse of sweetness a better reward than he could have imagined. “Are you insane?”

“Depends on your definition of sanity.” The tangle of her hair contrasted with the wool of her pullover. How soft would the strands be? When she failed to respond, he reached out to test his theory. She slapped his hand away, and the sting intrigued him.

“Stop.” Command reverberated through the single syllable. “I came here as a messenger, nothing else. Keep your teeth and your hands to yourself. Am I clear?”

In all things, an Alpha could command. He could take a life. He could grant it. Wolves who pledged to an Alpha could be sent into the heart of danger and forfeit all that they owned. The heart, however, could not be commanded nor could he take what she would not willingly give.

His wolf bucked at the rejection, but Diesel withdrew three steps to give her space. Clasping his hands behind his back, he studied the beautiful Hunter before him. She would not tumble easily, nor would she accept his direct pledge. Very well, if he had to learn to court, then he would find what enticed her. “Dress,” he ordered. “Several layers. We will be leaving the guest quarters.”

Expecting obedience, he turned to the entrance and pressed the code to allow Julian entry.

“Are you staying with her or leaving?” Her presence was non-negotiable.

“Since you asked so nicely…” The Chief Enforcer’s expression barely shifted, yet a smirk echoed beneath his words. “I’d be happy to stay.”

Uninterested in the old wolf’s games, Diesel spared his mate another studying look. Ranae gaped at him, and she hadn’t moved a muscle.

“Trust me when I say it will be more comfortable if you get dressed, but if you insist on testing my patience, I’ll happily take care of stripping you first then dressing you.”

The taunt did what the order would not. She moved.

His wolf rose, stretching and raking his claws. Yes, they had the scent of this hunt.
Long, Heather. Snow Wolf (Kindle Locations 435-454). Heather Long. Kindle Edition.

In spite of the warning the Yukon pack gets hit, the damages several wolves dead, some injured and everyone in their outlying basecamp gone.

With vengeance on his mind Diesel still works on convincing Ranae she’s the only one for him. Things do fall into place for her after they fight together against a Russian wolf, a lieutenant of the Volchitsa, a roving band, claiming land where they could any way they could.

All Diesel has to do is find the pack behind this invasion, destroy it and claim his mate.

A trip to Russia was planned and Diesel is blindsided by Ranae as he gets joined by the pack seconds. Etienne from Delta Crescent, Luc from Hudson River and Trask from Sutter Butte, Julian the head of the enforcers and of course his potential mate, Ranae from Willow Bend.

Not only do we get to know and love Ranae and Diesel, but we learn some very interesting things about Julian and the Yukon.

Plenty of action and drama, combined with the mating dance of Ranae and Diesel make this a book you won’t be able to put down.

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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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Excerpt, Review and Giveaway! Siren Calling – The Sea King’s Daughters Book 4 by Piper J. Drake


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Mermaids left this world centuries ago.
Now they’ve returned.
Meet The Sea King’s Daughters.

Amae Waters is a mermaid blending in with humankind. Her mission?
Prepare the oceans for the return of her people. But a new predator has entered the Puget Sound, defying human understanding, and Amae must face it and darker dangers lurking in the deep.

Siren’s Calling
The Sea King’s Daughters Book 4
By
Piper J. Drake


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Amae Waters will never live up to her father’s expectations–she’s not a leader and she’s not a solider. Rather than live with his disappointment, she’s left his realm and built a life for herself in Seattle, a mermaid blending in with humankind. Her mission? To prepare the oceans for the return of her people. But she’s not sure she’s cut out to accomplish that either.

A new predator has entered the waters of the Puget Sound, ravaging orcas and leaving their carcasses to wash ashore for humans to find. Whatever is killing them is beyond human understanding and Amae must find it before it irrevocably damages the complex balance of the ocean ecosystems.

But greater danger lurks in the deep. Amae is done evading traps. She’ll defend her territory and prove she needn’t be a soldier to be a warrior or become the sacrifice used to end her people.

Look for other stories in this exciting Urban Fantasy series from Philippa Ballantine, Stacia D. Kelly, Lauren Harris, Katee Robert, and Asa Maria Bradley.

This book is not so much a romance as a joining of like minds. When called to evaluate the death of an orca, Amae was at first hesitant, she worked outside of the field, not within it. She had to hide her true nature from humans while trying to identify this newcomer to the Puget sound.

One of the researchers involved was also hiding his true identity. Keegan Boots is a Selkie, he also wants to protect and help the sound to replenish and be healthy.

Neither having ever seen the likes of what could have cause the bite marks on the orca and cause the severe damage, Amae has to decide whether or not to allow the Selkie to assist her in the search. Of course he’s not one to take no for an answer either.

I loved this tale of suspense, friendship and the power of co-operation. A fun, suspenseful and entertaining read.

A favorite scene of which there are more than a couple, is in the excerpt below, don’t forget to follow the tour and enter the giveaway!

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I tasted blood in the water.

Changing course with a flick of my tail, I swam against the fast-moving ocean current toward the source. There were no vibrations in the water to indicate the thrashing of a living thing in distress and the seas were quieter than usual. Not surprising, with this much blood carried on the currents. Predators would be drawn to it and prey would be wise to leave the area or hide.

Curious, I’d come to investigate, thinking one of the killer whale pods had taken a baleen whale. It wasn’t unheard of, though it didn’t happen often. A big kill like that would draw plenty of ocean denizens, and I hadn’t tasted whale in a long time. I wouldn’t kill one, not when I couldn’t finish consuming it myself and not when so many whale species were endangered, but I wouldn’t let it go to waste, either.

When I didn’t find anything in open water, I’d pulled myself up onto the rocky outcropping between islands and found it. The body. But it wasn’t a humpback or gray whale, not a mink or fin whale, either. It was an orca, a killer whale, and that didn’t make any kind of sense.

Before I could take a closer look, the sound of a powerful motor cut through the morning calls of seabirds. Harbor seals lifted their heads and looked around from whee they lay on another rock outcropping. A lone Steller sea lion grunted and scratched his head with a huge hind flipper. He turned to stare at me and I met his gaze, unconcerned. He was a prime specimen of a bull, the largest I’d ever encountered, but he posed no threat to me.

The waves slapped against the rocks around my tail fin in a changed cadence. A boat was approaching, and with it, humans. They were probably whale watching, which meant every one of them would be on the lookout for wildlife. Most of them would have binoculars. I couldn’t let them see me in this form.

I dove back into the water, darting through forests of kelp and berating myself for lingering past dawn. There was too much light and I had to dive deep to be sure nothing on the surface caught sight of even a tail flick from me.

As far as humans were concerned, I didn’t exist. I was a myth, a fairy tale.

If they saw me, they might not even believe what they’d seen. In their dreams or after too many drinks, they might whisper, “Mermaid.”

And they’d be right.

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Piper J. Drake (or “PJ”) spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every interesting novel she could find at the library. After being introduced to the wonderful world of romance by her best friend, she dove into the genre.

PJ began her writing career as PJ Schnyder, writing sci-fi & paranormal romance and steampunk, for which she won the FF&P PRISM award as well as the NJRW Golden Leaf award and Parsec award.

PJ’s romantic suspense novels incorporate her interests in mixed martial arts and the military. The True Heroes series is inspired by her experience rescuing, owning and training a variety of retired working dogs, including Kaiser, a former guard dog, and Mozart, who was trained to detect explosives.

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Justice for Hope – Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 12 by Susan Stoker



Justice for Hope
Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Book 12
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Susan Stoker

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Hiding from her ex is exhausting enough, but for Hope Drayden, putting her seven-year-old son through a life on the run and living on the streets has been mentally torturous. When a kind diner owner offers her a job, Hope begins to claw her way toward a new beginning for herself and Billy, one tip at a time. But since her son’s recent abduction, and with threats from her ex still fresh in her mind, she’s constantly looking over her shoulder. Then a surprising, and lucky, tip from a diner regular puts yet another target on their backs.

At the request of a friend, medical examiner Calder Stonewall has been looking for Hope and Billy for weeks. When they unexpectedly show up at the scene of a crime, his interest soon becomes personal. He’s amazed by the beautiful, brave woman and her resilient son. He’s also surprised by his growing need to take care of them both, although winning Hope’s trust won’t be easy. But when a tragedy thrusts the couple together, Calder quickly proves he’s a man Hope can rely on.

Which is a good thing…because she’ll need all his support, and love, to get through a threat they never saw coming.

** Justice for Hope is the 12th book in the Badge of Honor: Texas Heroes Series. Each book is a stand-alone, with no cliffhanger endings.

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While all Susan’s female characters are put through a lot of harrowing situations, Hope’s is different in many ways. She was homeless with her son and after the incident in Justice for Milena, she left the area she where once sought shelter. The area she’s moved to has fewer shelters, but she got lucky. The owner of a diner, Joseph hired her, checked her and Billy into a motel and even let Billy stay in his office while she worked her shifts.

Calder has promised Blythe (Shelter for Blythe) to keep his eyes open for Hope and Billy. He’d been unsuccessful until he was called on an investigation. As one of the Coroners he was frequently called to the scene of a crime. When he saw the woman and child who’d made the call huddled together, he knew he’d found her and the reason he hadn’t before. She’d found a job and was off the streets. Now Calder has what I would call perpetual foot in mouth disease. The poor guy just can’t seem to have anything he says come out the way he really means it to.

This is a favorite scene when he gives Billy his badge for pointing out some evidence.

Billy bit his lip and looked up at his mother uncertainly.

Hope sighed and tried one more time to reject the gift. “It really is too much…uh…I didn’t catch your name.”

“Shoot. Sorry. I’m Calder. Calder Stonewall. One of five medical examiners in Bexar County. Friend of Blythe’s. Totally harmless, run-of-the-mill, forty-year-old guy who only wants to make sure the woman I’ve been searching for is safe, and to show her son that not everyone who carries a badge is a bad guy.”

She stared at him for a long moment before looking back down at Billy. “It’s okay, son.”

Billy reacted so quickly, Calder hardly even saw him moving. He snatched the badge from his hand and was looking down at it with curiosity, turning it over to see that it didn’t have a pin on the back, but rather a clip so it could be attached to a belt or a waistband and worn that way.

“What do you say?” Hope asked her son.

Billy looked up at Calder and nodded at him. Smiling,

Calder said, “You’re welcome.”

Moving slowly, so he didn’t startle mother or son, he stood, making sure to keep his distance.

“Can we go?” Hope asked. “It’s late and I have to work early in the morning.”

Calder nodded immediately. “I’ll need your contact information in case we have any more questions.”

She bit her lip and looked behind herself nervously. “Oh, well…”

“I swear that while I often say things that are odd, I’m a good guy. I just don’t seem to have the gene that allows me not to mess up casual conversations. I don’t mean anything by it. The state of Texas trusts me…don’t you think you can too?”

Calder winced as soon as the words were out of his mouth. Jesus, he was an idiot. He reached into his pocket even as he was shaking his head. He pulled out a business card and a folded piece of paper he’d been carrying around for months, just in case.

“That’s my business card,” he said, holding it out for her. “It has my office number and my cell written on the back. Call me. Anytime—for anything. I mean it. The other is a note from Blythe. I’ve been carrying it around for when I found you.”

“How’d she know you would?” Hope asked quietly, as she took both the card and the note from him.

“She didn’t. But she was hoping,” Calder told her. “Look, I really do need to get your contact info for the report. I’ll get my butt chewed out if I don’t. But I swear, after my investigation is over, I won’t include it in my official report. I know, Hope, why you’re reluctant to share it—but he’s not going to hurt you or your son again. I swear it.”
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Calder continues to pursue Hope by having breakfast at the diner where she works. A somewhat stressful environment for Hope, where the waitresses are mostly snippy and a patron leaves lottery tickets as tips.

Things take an interesting turn in many ways when Eli gives Billy the lottery ticket and cash to his waitress. That ticket, a million dollar winner, begins a cycle of events that will have you turning the pages to see what happens next.

I love the way Susan portrays the life changing factors, the slow build of Hope and Calder’s relationship and the twist that brings them closer than ever.

It was great to see all the Badge of Honor crew as they gather to congratulate Hope. I shed more than a few tears over this book. I really can’t wait for the next book in this series!

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New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Susan Stoker has a heart as big as the state of Texas where she lives, but this all American girl has also spent the last fourteen years living in Missouri, California, Colorado, and Indiana. She’s married to a retired Army man who now gets to follow her around the country.

She debuted her first series in 2014 and quickly followed that up with the SEAL of Protection Series, which solidified her love of writing and creating stories readers can get lost in.

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Snow and the Shadows – Roteran Shadows Book 1 by Cara Carnes



Snow and the Shadows
Roteran Shadows Book 1
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Princess Snow Cavell finds herself captured by her evil stepmother and handed over to seven ruthless men known as Shadows—the most feared assassins in the known galaxies. Snow’s link to the Cosmos is a threat, one that can no longer be tolerated if her stepmother intends to win the war and rule the Intergalactic Alliance.

Their orders are clear—either execute her or deposit her on one of the slaver colonies to be sold. But the Shadows have other plans for the beauty, plans that will fracture alliances throughout the galaxies and shift the tide of the Intergalactic War.

No one controls the Shadows. They’d sworn to remain neutral during the War, but all bets are off now that Snow’s life hangs in the balance.

**Author’s Note** This work was originally published in April 2018 as part of the Once Upon a Harem Series.

I have read many adaptations of Snow White but this one is by far my favorite.

Snow is the daughter of a slave and a king. The current Queen, her stepmother, wants her gone, dead in fact. The Shadows of Roteran were not having any of that and helped Snow disguise the fact she can in fact control the energy within the well. Then they claim a boon for their wasted time. Her father came up with the terms. She battles the guards, if she wins, the Shadows get her to use, then kill and send the proof to Queen Vilma.

This is a favorite scene.

I fought the guard as he forced my hand toward the liquid.

No. No. No.

I’d once touched the Summoner’s Well with an index finger the first solar cycle I’d been aboard The Paradox. The fallout had imploded the area and left me knocked out for days. Yora had explained it was because I was part Tezan. My mother’s bloodline was a conduit between the Well and its true commander, the Oracle.

Send the power to me, female. Relax and accept the queen’s will or you will die. Send the power to me.

The voice in my head was deep, husky. Steely like the blade of my sword.

One of the Roteran Shadows. I recalled the history Lazar had offered. When Tezans reigned over the Summoner’s Well, they voiced the Oracle’s Will. Roterans enforced the decisions. Roterans were a noble race who’d chosen to remain neutral in the Intergalactic War. They were fiercely private and feared by all. The purple color denoted the Shadow hierarchy.

Send the power to me, female.

I can’t. It’s too much.

I thought the response, though I was no telepath.

Send the power to me, female.

The psychic push was too much to resist. I succumbed, channeled the power the Well offered, and hurled it toward the voice.

The thick liquid encompassed my hand. My insides burned, my body trembled. Pain coursed through my veins, singed my blood as though my entire body was about to explode.

Send more, female, the second male voice commanded. Too weakened from containing the Well’s power, I obeyed.

The guardsmen’s grip on me slackened. I collapsed beside the column.

“Well, it’s as you suspected. She is a common Tezan whore.” The queen waved her hand. “Do as you wish with her, guardsmen. I tire of her presence.”

The men laughed and jeered as they hauled me away. I punched and kicked. “Touch me and you die.”

I shouted the warning again and again as the men dragged me backward. I knew what guardsmen did with slave whores. I’d heard enough stories, remembered the horrors from my father’s home world.

“I thought you wished her sold at the market.” The stranger’s voice boomed within the room. One of the Shadows stepped forward, his gaze flashing disinterest as he regarded me. “We don’t trade damaged goods, Queen Vilma. You know better than to waste our time.”

“Yes, clearly my information was incorrect. My apologies. I expected the slave to have at least some royal Tezan blood. She’s not worth the effort of hauling to the slave market. My guardsmen will have their fun, then snap her neck. I have no need of your services after all. You shall have another opportunity to prove your loyalty to the new Crunan Skeron Empire.”

“I’m afraid you owe us a boon for traveling here, Queen. I must insist. If you don’t wish to waste credits, give the female to us. I assure you she’ll be taken care of in a manner befitting her station.”

“I’ve heard you Shadows are quite sadistic.” The queen smiled. She raked a long, talon-like nail down the man’s torso. She looked over at my father. “What say you, husband? Do you have a preference for how your slave’s child dies?”

My gut soured. Nausea threatened. I hung between the two guardsmen.

My father’s lip curled. “No, but this bores me. I require entertainment. Choose two of your best guardsmen, my bride. I hear my slave child is trained in weaponry. Let us see what she has learned. If she loses, your guardsmen may have her. If she wins, she will die at the hands of the Shadows.”

“Excellent.” The queen purred the order. “Proceed as my husband commands.”

The two guardsmen released me. Pain rose up my thighs as my knees impacted with the hard cargo deck.

They’d killed Lazar, Evon, and Vellis. And my caregiver Yora. I seethed and molded the anger. The time for a decision was upon me. Truth told, I should be dead already. Had it not been for the Shadows in my head, I would be.

Someone had taken the power I channeled without anyone noticing. How? Why?

Why would Roterans help me?

The questions rolled through my mind.

I took a deep breath and decided to trust my gut instinct.

A wise warrior retreats to fight another day. There is no victory in a certain death.

Lazar always taught me lessons through sayings that were more riddle than anything else. What would he have me do? The answer was swift, the only one.

Warriors did not surrender. They died in battle.

The Shadows. I’d fight to win, align my fate with the seven strangers circling my father and his new bride. Perhaps they’d let me pay for my freedom. I knew so little about the Roterans, but Lazar always portrayed them as a proud, noble species.
Cara Carnes. Snow and the Shadows.Roteran Shadows Book 1. Kindle Locations 152-193. Kindle Edition.

There is far more to the Shadows than anyone knows, and some of that is shown when they honor her fallen guards.

I love the way this story slowly winds it’s twisted tale. The patient way the seven shadows wait for her to realize each piece of them as the attraction builds steadily.

Awesome world building and I loved all the heroes and the couple of heroines. Snow and her Shadows are perfectly matched. I can’t wait to read their next adventure.

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Born in small-town Texas, Cara Carnes was a princess, a pirate, fashion model, actress, rock star and Jon Bon Jovi’s wife all before the age of 13. In reality, her fascination for enthralling worlds took seed somewhere amidst a somewhat dull day job and a wonderful life filled with family and friends. When she’s not cemented to her chair, Cara loves traveling, photography and reading.


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While security operative Jason “Tuff” Tanner lives for dangerous assignments, he likes his downtime in his quiet neighborhood too. But that peacefulness is suddenly interrupted when his new next-door neighbor becomes a target for someone hell bent on revenge. Canine rescuer Concetta “Chet” Suarez brings all his protective instincts to the surface, along with feelings he’s never experienced with any other woman. Will he lose her before he ever gets a chance to make her his?

Two things I absolutely love in books are former military and animals. Dogs, cats, horses doesn’t matter, I pretty much love all animals domesticated and wild.

Concetta ‘Chet’ Suarez is an animal control officer who is currently fostering a pit bull ‘Meat’ that was part of a rescue from a dog fighting ring. His trust is limited to just Chet at the moment.

Jason ‘Tuff’ Tanner, is returning from a mission. The last thing he expected as he approached his door, was his very attractive neighbor to open her door and a massive dog come out snarling.

This is a favorite scene as Chet gets the dog under control.

Petting the pit’s massive head, Chet murmured a few times before turning to look at Tuff, apologetically. “I’m so sorry about that. I didn’t know you were out here. Meat’s had a tough life so far, and he’s very wary of men.”

Tuff relaxed a little and snorted. “If that’s wary, I’d hate to see when he gets hostile.”

Still stroking the dog, Chet frowned. “That’s what happens to pit bulls when they’re raised from puppies to be fight dogs.”

“Fight dog? Is he from the raid I heard about last week?” He remembered her telling him she was an animal control officer for Hillsborough County, which included the city of Tampa, and volunteered with rescue groups.

“Yeah. He and fourteen others. They were found caged in a warehouse in deplorable conditions. Two had been so badly injured they had to be euthanized.” She clearly wasn’t happy about that, and Tuff didn’t blame her.

Studying the dog, now that Meat wasn’t trying to kill him, Tuff could see the multiple scars that covered his face and body. His velvet-covered ears had been cropped, and there was a cleft on the side of his upper lip from a tear that’d healed without stitches. Despite the damage, he was a beautiful dog, and Tuff wished he could spend five minutes alone with the bastards who’d used Meat and the other dogs for sport. No animal should be abused in any way, shape, or form.

“Sorry to hear that. So, he’s staying with you?” Renters were allowed pets as long as there weren’t any complaints from the neighbors about them.

“I’m fostering him for now. We bonded at the shelter. Once he was out of quarantine, I decided to bring him home to show him what it was like to be pampered. He’d never seen the inside of a house or had his own soft bed before. I’m hoping to retrain him so he can find a forever home.”

Tuff’s gaze dropped to Meat, who’d finally laid down on the concrete, still panting, then returned to Chet’s face. “That’ll probably take a while.”

Her chin lifted. “I think he’s worth it.”

“I didn’t think he wasn’t.” He scratched his temple. Tuff loved all animals, but dogs especially. He’d had a few while growing up, and there had been some in his Army unit. When they weren’t working, he and his buddies had enjoyed playing fetch with the MWDs, or just sitting there, petting them. “Can I help?”

Chet’s head tilted to the side. “How?”

“You can use me to get him to understand not all men want to harm him. Think if I lay down on the grass, you can let him sniff me? I’ll stay perfectly still. Then you can reward him when he doesn’t sink his teeth into me.”

“Um . .  . yeah, if you don’t mind. I’ll walk him around you, but not too close.”

“Great.” Tuff headed for the middle of the lawn in front of Chet’s side of the house, wondering if he just signed himself up to be the dog’s next meal.
Love Under Siege. Samantha A. Cole. Tuff Enough. Kindle Locations 92-115. Kindle Edition.

These two have an immediate attraction, but neither of them really want to get involved since they’re neighbors. Meat is a definite player in this one as he brings these two together.

All is not fun and games as Chet’s boss and his wife are killed in a drive-by and dogs from the raid are taken from the homes fostering them.

Things heat up in more ways than one, as they realize Chet is a possible target of these gang members.

I loved meeting Tuff’s team and some of the guys from Trident. Looks like I have another series to read.

Plenty of action, suspense and heat and I can’t wait for the next book in this series, it’s nice to start a series at the beginning.

5 Contented Purrs for Samantha!


Never Forget
Never Forget Series Book 1

Kalyn Cooper

Dreams or nightmares. Truth or lies. He can’t tell them apart after he sees the woman in his dreams. She is the key to his past, present, and future… She just buried her husband next to her fiancé who was killed in an explosion while they were on a mission together ten years ago. She doesn’t need another man in her life, until someone tries to kill her.

Once again Kalyn has me biting my nails. Now I know the CIA does scary stuff, but man this is really terrifying.

Elizabeth lost her husband of less than a day ten years ago in an explosion overseas. Now she is burying her second one, a victim of an auto accident.

Matthew is Gabe’s second in command, he’s been having dreams of a silvery-eyed woman and a lot of circumstances that seem real but couldn’t be, could they?

He meets the woman haunting his dreams at her husband funeral. More than that he seems to recognize her former teammates, but still not really.

Her vision was blurred by tears when she looked at Gabriel. “I can’t thank—” She couldn’t finish the sentence. The man who arrived with Gabe now stood three feet behind him in the same spot her son had occupied for the past half hour. He’d taken off his aviator sunglasses and was wiping them with a lens cloth.

He looked up and met her gaze.

Elizabeth couldn’t breathe. Her lungs refused to work.

She blinked, and blinked, trying to sweep away the water so she could focus. She removed her sunglasses and dabbed her eyes, then looked straight into his.

His whole body jolted as though they had been connected by a live wire.

No. It couldn’t be.

Her gaze tracked to the gravestone. Mason A. Sinclair. She stared at the final date as if she needed confirmation of his death.

Slowly, she dared to look at the white-haired man with the face of an angel.

The edges of her vision narrowed until all she saw was his light brown eyes and the golden circle around the iris.

The world went black.

In her mind, she was falling into her own grave, meeting Mason in the next world, as every muscle in her body gave up.
Love Under Siege. KaLyn Cooper. Never Forget. (Kindle Locations 637-647). Kindle Edition.

As Matt insinuates himself into her life, he learns more things that worry him. Protecting her and her children is foremost on this list.

I hope this is the beginning of another series or at least becomes part of the existing ones. I loved the mention of the Black Swans and Uncle Tom Callahan.

This is an intense, romantic, scary, and emotional book. I loved every minute of it.

5 Contented Purrs for Kalyn!


Ravished River
Men of Mercy

Lindsay Cross

Special Forces Operative Aaron Spears dealt with relationships like he dealt with battle – something to be avoided if at all possible, until Celine Latimer walked into his life and turned his world upside down.

Aaron recommended Celine as the stylist for Caroline Cotter’s wedding, the Senator’s daughter was marrying General Rainer in a typical DC affair. A wedding that never took place as Caroline and Celine were kidnapped.

Filled with guilt Aaron can’t get Celine out of his mind something that hasn’t happened to him before. The man behind it all is a traitor, former CIA known as Mr. J. The goal now is to find the women and kill Mr. J.

They manage to intercept a transaction, but only Celine was in the vehicles.

This is a favorite scene when Celine wakes in the hospital.

Celine was literally falling apart right before his eyes and he didn’t have a damn clue what to do to stop it. She’d gone completely white when she looked under the sheet. Was he supposed to hold her? Or would having a man touch her make her worse? Did he need to call the Sister back in here?

She shuddered and silent tears flowed from her closed eyes. Fuck, his chest felt like someone had stuck a blade in it and left it there to rust. He’d never felt so helpless. What was going through her mind? If only he could ask her without invoking more nightmares.

She moaned and bent forward, the first sob breaking free and suddenly he knew what he had to do. His arms went around her, as natural as if they’d been molded for her, and he held her against his chest. Bleeding and sobbing with only a stained sheet between them, he held her.

He’d never let her go.

Her knees gave out, Aaron scooped her fluidly, sensing when she no longer had the strength to stand on her own. He didn’t care about anything or anyone else right now except the woman in his arms.

He knew girls needed to cry sometimes, he’d learned that lesson from his sisters. Sometimes they cried for no reason whatsoever than a need to cleanse. Celine cried for a reason more real than she could handle on her own.
Her sobs filled the room, each one ripping a little piece from his heart.

He’d handle whatever she’d been through and he’d be here for her; hold her up so she wouldn’t fall to her demons.

He had no clue about recovering from rape or captivity, but he’d do his damn best to do what he could for her and right now he did what felt right. He held her.

Sister Mary Catherine eased open the door, saw them together and slowly closed it.

Celine clutched his shirt, holding on to him like a life line. He embraced the fierce surge of protectiveness and eased onto the bed, settling her in his lap. Eventually, her sobs turned to soft sniffles and then to even softer pants as she strove for control.

He remained silent, letting her figure her own way through. When she was ready, he’d be here.
Love Under Siege. Lindsay Cross. Ravished River. Men of Mercy Book 8. Kindle Locations 3915-3930. Kindle Edition.

With Celine rescued and brought back to the US they find Mr. J’s reach is deeper than they originally thought, and Aaron has to go off the grid with Celine.

Lots of suspense as Aaron comes to terms with his feelings for Celine and the fact his team has yet to locate Caroline.

Fast paced, sexy and sizzling.

I can’t wait to read the Men of Mercy Series.

5 Contented Purrs for Lindsay!


Lincoln
The Bounty Hunters

PJ Fiala

Lincoln Winter is hired to bring in a criminal who is selling arms on the black market and he never misses a mark. That is until the sultry Skye Sommers crosses his path and unwittingly gets herself caught up in much more than she can handle. Can they stay alive long enough to find a killer, an arms dealer and love?

When bounty hunter Lincoln Winter enlists the aid of HR person Skye Sommers to apprehend a runner, he doesn’t expect the attraction. He also doesn’t expect to open the can of worms he does. He does however look forward to getting to know the beautiful Skye better.

As Skye is reprimanded for turning the employee over to the police, she realizes something is off with her boss. After checking for other employees she hasn’t hired at this location, she is surprised to find others and decides to do some more checking from home.

Lincoln finds her stuck on the road, her car overheating and finagles a dinner invitation when he offers help with her other chores.

This is a favorite scene when he meets her parents.

She smiled at him, and the smile he returned took her breath away. She’d never seen such beauty in a man. While impressively large and strong, his features were mesmerizing. She’d never seen such beautiful gray eyes, and those dark lashes framing them were envious.

“Hi, sweetheart, I made spaghetti tonight. It’s just about ready to …” Her mother turned with a bowl of steaming hot pasta in her hands and froze when her eyes landed on Lincoln.

“Well, hello,” her mother said, if not a bit breathless, then certainly with some awe in her voice.

Lincoln chuckled behind her, no doubt used to this reaction from women. She stepped aside and held her hand toward her mother. “Mom, this is Lincoln Winter. Lincoln, my mom, Melissa.”

She watched as the bowl of pasta was deposited on the table and her mom swiped her hands on the towel tucked into her jeans as an apron. She met Lincoln in the middle of the room and they shook hands.

“It’s nice to meet you, Melissa.”

Did her mother just sigh? Shit. She did. She didn’t want her mom—or dad, for that matter—getting attached to Lincoln. This was nothing more than showing him what a mess her life was so he’d go on his merry way. Victor and Mangus didn’t want her helping him, and she didn’t need the complication. She needed the job right now and couldn’t risk losing it over a man. Not again.

“Oh … it’s nice meeting you, Lincoln.” Yep, she was sighing.

“Momma, where’s Daddy?” She needed to get this show moving.

Her mother’s lips thinned and her posture straightened. “He’s had a very bad day today, and he’s in his chair in the living room. I tried helping him up, but I couldn’t do it myself. I was waiting for you to help me.”

Nodding, she stepped toward the living room, Lincoln and her mother on her heels. “Hi, Daddy.”

Her father sat in his burgundy recliner, purchased just after his accident with the lumbar supports he needed during his healing time. Little did any of them know how well it would be used just one year later. He looked up at her, his formerly tall, straight shoulders now slouched from pain and sadness. He hated being so helpless. It gnawed at her gut to see him so defeated.

“Hi, sweetheart. Hope you had a good day today.” His voice, which had once been so strong and deep, now sounded hollow and detached.

“It was good, Daddy. I’d like to introduce you to Lincoln Winter.” She turned to Lincoln. “My dad, Jeff.”

Lincoln leaned forward with his hand out and took Jeff’s hand in his. They shook hands, and she watched her father’s face light up just a bit as they engaged in some silent man speak. “I understand today was a bad day and you need some help. Allow me to be of assistance.”

Lincoln took charge and leaned down in front of her father, wrapped his arms around her father’s hips and slowly pulled him to the front edge of the recliner. Once he had him in place, he said to her dad, “Fast or slow?”

“Fast.”

She shot a quick glance at her mother whose brows now furrowed as she watched Lincoln make quick work of a task they would have taken fifteen minutes to complete.

Bending his knees before her father, she watched as her dad’s arms wrapped around Lincoln’s shoulders and in just a few seconds, Lincoln stood with her father in front of him. Giving her father a moment to get his bearings, he waited until he nodded and removed his arms.

Her father’s hands gripped the walker her mother set in front of him, and she saw him smile just a bit.

“If you ladies want to head on in to the kitchen, I’ll make sure Jeff gets in okay.”

They both hesitated until Lincoln nodded at her, then he winked again. Didn’t that just wing through her body and straight to places that should be left out of this whole scenario?

She nodded to her mother who walked ahead of her to the kitchen. Behind her, she heard her father saying, “I love them, but they hover too much.”

“That’s what women do,” Lincoln responded. She fought the urge to turn and look at him. Then she heard, “But they’re gorgeous, and that’s a plus.”

Her father chuckled and she ducked around the corner of the kitchen, her cheeks flaming red and her breathing a bit choppy. Lincoln thought she was gorgeous.
Love Under Siege. PJ Fiala. Lincoln. Kindle Locations 5323-5357. Kindle Edition.

Things heat up quickly in more ways than one as more suspicions fall on the Santorino brothers, Skye’s employers.

Fast paced, suspenseful with plenty of action keep you on your toes as Skye and Lincoln’s relationship starts to sizzle.

I’m not sure who I love more Lincoln or his gorgeous German Shepherd Abe. The other men in his company have me wanting to know them better and I was happy to see Ford has his own book. I’ll definitely be watching for more of this Series.

5 Contented Purrs for P.J.


Mace
Lighthouse Security Investigation

Maryann Jordan

Mace Hanna’s security business keeps him busy…too busy for a relationship. When providing security for a single mom and her young son who has witnessed a murder, he vows to keep them safe…and finds love along the way.

Once again a ‘can’t put it down’ book from Maryann. I was enthralled from the very first page. Mace’s grandfather, the house, the lighthouse, the history, I felt like I was there.

Then his company Lighthouse Security Investigations, I loved the way he found this latest case. It was intriguing the way he put the pieces together and found Sylvie and her son.

This is a favorite scene as he meets with Sylvie after her son David witnessed the murder.

Sylvie watched her son before turning around, observing as Mason settled into the chair.

“I’m going to be completely honest with you, Ms. Gardner,” he said. “I am a private investigator, but I also do a lot of individual security work. I monitor police reports at times, to see if I can be of service. The police report that was filed last Thursday caught my eye.”

Cocking her head to the side, she asked, “Did you recognize me from our little…um…encounter that morning?”

“No, no…not at first. Then, I saw your driver’s license and realized who you were.”

She nodded, uncertain what to say, but curiosity filling her.

“I felt a desire to look into the reports that you had filed with the police here.”

“What is it that you’re looking for?”

“After seeing the third report that you filed, where you reported someone had been in your house, I wanted to offer you any security advice that I can.” Doubts still lingered in her eyes, so Mason continued, “For example, I see that you have no deadbolt on your front door and I assume the back door is the same. I also notice that you do not have any outdoor security lights. And, while Mr. Curtis is certainly the kind of neighbor who would call the police if he thought something was happening, I would hate for you to only have him to rely on.”

“Mr. Hanover, everything you say is right, but I’ve talked to the police. I don’t know what else I can do,” she said, dropping her eyes, wiping her palms on her jeans. “I bought a deadbolt lock, but after I got home, I realized I need a special drill bit to make a large hole in the door to install it.” Her voice lower, she admitted, “I can’t afford any fancy security.”

“Ms. Gardner, do you believe that your son witnessed a crime?”

Her head jerked up, her clear eyes meeting his, and she declared, “Absolutely. He may be young, but he doesn’t lie. And while he certainly has a child’s normal imagination, the level of detail was too descriptive for him to be incorrect in what he saw.” She glanced over her shoulder, presumably listening for the sound of the television, before she looked toward him again. “I’m the one that had to hold him that night because he was shaking in fright.”

“I believe him,” he said, noting her jerk in surprise at his words. “I know the police were doubtful, but I believe your son’s story. What concerns me, is that you had somebody checking out this house, following you, and then you reported that someone had been inside. That indicates to me that what your son saw was absolutely real.”

Sylvie’s breath left her lungs in a rush, and she whispered, “Thank you.” Closing her eyes, for just a moment, she reveled in how good it felt to have someone believe them. Focusing on him again, she said, “But, I don’t know what to do about any of this.”

“When I was checking the police reports, I didn’t see a witness drawing. Did they ask him for specific details?”

Nodding, she said, “Yes. David gave a description of what the men looked like and were wearing, but…” As her voice trailed off, it struck her that the police had not asked for more details.

“I’d like to talk to David if you don’t mind,” Mason said, carefully watching the concern and doubt etched into the lines of her forehead. The idea that he would like to erase those lines by smoothing his fingers over her skin struck him, but he battled the idea back as soon as it hit. He expected her immediate refusal, but to his surprise, she nodded.

“Yes…okay.”

“I could—”

“Please, come in,” she said, standing quickly. Pushing her chair back, she reached forward and flipped the simple latch on the screen door. Seeing his surprise, she said, “I trust you. I want you to talk to David…as long as you don’t scare him more than he’s already been scared.”
Love Under Siege. Maryann Jordan. Mace. Kindle Locations 7954-7984. Kindle Edition.

When they discover the body and who exactly was killed more security is needed. Mace sets them up in his grandfather’s house, that is now his.

Things heat up very quickly in the case and Mace finds his attraction to Sylvie something he can’t ignore.

I absolutely loved the slow build of this relationship which includes David.

Plenty of twists and turns, romance and some fun as well.

I look forward to the next book in this new series.

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!


Black Jack
Mystic Nights Book 4

MJ Nightingale

Undercover FBI agent, Jackson Black doesn’t expect to find love while working deep undercover on a RICO case. But he can’t resist Dawn, the sexy accountant, who keeps crossing his path during the investigation putting both of their lives on the line.

When Jackson meets Dawn she is filling in for a dealer at her family’s casino. He is quite taken with the dark haired beauty and things heat up very quickly.

What they both assume will be a one night stand, is fiery hot and sensuous. Realizing the pull Jackson tries to stay away from Dawn but finds it extremely difficult since she’s almost always at the casino.

This is a favorite scene as they leave for a real date.

“Hi, Dawn.” He stooped down and pressed a light kiss to her cheek. “You look nice today. I rented a car, hoping we could take a ride, talk, and have lunch somewhere other than the casino.”

“That sounds nice.” Good, she thought. He was thinking along the same lines as she.

“Why did you rent a car?” she asked as he took her elbow and led her from the lobby. “Are you not from Connecticut?” There she did it. Asked her first question.

“Actually, I am. I live in Hartford.” Just forty-five minutes away, Dawn thought, pleased. “But my cousin borrowed it. She lives in the city, too, and doesn’t have one. Her son had a birthday party to go to, and it was being held out of town, so she needed to use it while I was away last week. I didn’t think I’d need it today, so. . .” His voice trailed off. He had a cousin and second cousin in the capital.

“Oh, okay. So, you have family? You haven’t mentioned them before.”

He sighed as he weaved her through the crowded lobby. “I know. And I’m sorry about that.” They stepped into the crisp sunshine. “Alyssa is my only relative. Our parents were killed in a car crash when we were in college. We were both at UConn. I was a senior, and she was a freshman. She’s like a little sister to me, and her son is more like a nephew. He calls me Uncle Jack.”

Jack felt good telling Dawn about himself. He would tell her as much as he could without blowing his cover. He liked her. A lot. Wanted this to work. He just had to make sure she was safe. Last night when he spotted her in the elevator while he’d been working had been a close call. He’d been relieved when she hadn’t confronted him; at the same time, it bothered him. He’d decided then and there that he’d tell her as much as he could. He didn’t want what they could have together to be based on a lie. And he didn’t want any more close calls like the one last night. Her confronting him could have ruined everything.

The moment they walked out into the brisk air, he mentioned it. “I had a lousy evening last night. I wished I had been spending it with you, and seeing you in that elevator tucked away in the corner really bothered me.”

“You saw me?” she gasped. She looked into his eyes and saw him clearly struggling with something.

He nodded, but instead of explaining further he indicated a vehicle up ahead. “That’s mine. I rented the grey Ranger.”

“Why didn’t you say anything?” She was confused.

“Why didn’t you?” he asked, wanting to know her answer. She stopped before the passenger door of the Jeep. He held the handle but didn’t open it for her just yet. He wanted that answer.

She turned to him. “Last week, I ran scared. It was cowardly of me. I’ve been hurt before by guys I fell for. And I realized that night how much I could care for you, yet I knew so little about you. Seeing you with those women and that man bothered me. I didn’t know why, but I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions. I figured I’d ask you about it today.”

“Fair enough, and it’s kind of what I was figuring.” He lifted his hand to take a lock of hair that blew in her face and softly tucked it behind her ear. “I’m feeling it, too. And I know I haven’t revealed much about myself, but I’m hoping this date will do that.”

“I hope so,” she whispered softly, staring up into his grey eyes, eyes she could lose herself in. Yet, she was still scared of what this mysterious man might tell her.

“I do, too, kitten.” Jack smiled broadly upon this gorgeous woman. Her tentative smile gave him hope that he’d finally found a woman he could cherish forever. He, too, had a life of hurt. After losing his parents, he didn’t think he could love someone the way they had loved each other. It would hurt too much to lose someone you loved that way, but she was worth the risk. Deep down he knew it. However, he still hadn’t figured out how he could explain what he did for a living. He had been up half the night thinking about how he’d tell her.

He opened the door to the rented Jeep and watched as she got in. He helped her to buckle up, and she took the kiss he gave her.

Running to his side of the car, Jack climbed in. Though he was still not sure what he would say, he was more hopeful than he’d been in a long time.
Love Under Siege. MJ Nightingale. Black Jack. Kindle Locations 10584-10617. Kindle Edition.

Unfortunately this whole dating thing gets Dawn noticed by the guys Jack is setting up. When they are escorted to the ‘boss’ it’s Dawn that comes up with the perfect plan to catch them all.

Plenty of heat in more ways than one. I now have to go back and read the rest of this series. I want to know all of these wonderful characters.

5 Contented Purrs for MJ!


Her Guarded Hero
Black Dawn Book 5

Caitlyn O’Leary

It’s been five years since his tragic loss and Navy SEAL, Dalton Sullivan heads to Lake Tahoe to be alone. The last thing he expects is horse trainer, Aurora Chance to literally fall at his feet. As danger and raw emotion churn around them, can Dalton be brought back into the light?

I love this series and Dalton is just one more team member to love. He has his demons and he’s come to Lake Tahoe to exercise them.

Aurora is a very strong woman who is an accomplished horsewomen. In addition to her family’s business of breeding, she works with abused horses to hopefully get them to the point they can be adopted.

This book starts out with a bang, literally as someone takes pot shots at Aurora and her horse. Fortunately Dalton is nearby and is able to give her a hand. As he gets her to the road where there will hopefully be a cell signal, she keeps him entertained with tales of her Grandparents. She also argues that the shots were random, from poachers and she was not the target.

With Sheriff Brody dismissing the shooting as poachers, Dalton makes a decision to help.

This is a favorite scene.

Dalton cleared his throat. “I think I might have an idea. At least for a little bit.”

Gunnar’s head swung to spear the younger man with a laser gaze.

“What? Do you know a way we can get Brody off his ass to do something? Dammit, he’s our friend, Aurora. He’s known you since you were in diapers.”

She covered her grandfather’s fist. “He’ll come around.”

“Let’s hope it’s before another attempt is made on your life,” he huffed. He looked back over at Dalton. “What’s your idea, Son?”

“I’m vacationing here for a week. How about I bunk with your two hands? That will allow me to keep an eye on things. Maybe take a look around and find out something.”

She thought her grandfather might kiss Petty Officer First Class Sullivan.

“We have cabins a half mile away from the barn, it gives the men privacy,” Gunnar explained, but then he hesitated. “I’d feel a lot better if you would stay closer to my granddaughter. We have two extra rooms here in the house. We can set you up in one of those. There’s a good size TV in one of them.”

“Weren’t you here to hike and explore the area?” Aurora asked. She didn’t need a babysitter, no matter how handsome he was.

“I was. But I like the looks of your ranch, and it’s been a while since I’ve been riding, so I’d enjoy this even more.” Sure, he would.

The man was just being a good sport.

“Look Dalton, we couldn’t impose on you like this,” Aurora protested.

“It’s not an imposition,” Gunnar said. “You heard the man. He wants to get back in the saddle.”

“Your grandfather is right.” Dalton said with a smile. “One of my former teammates has a big spread in Texas. That’s where I learned to ride. I would really love to be able to show up next time as a better horseman.”

“Well Aurora can definitely help you with that. She’s an expert, she not only trains and works with abused animals, she’s a pro at giving riding lessons.”

Dalton’s eyes lit up with amusement, while Aurora turned damn near purple.
Love Under Siege. Caitlyn O’Leary. Her Guarded Hero. Kindle Locations 14934-14951). Kindle Edition.

Plenty of heat between Dalton and Aurora that escalates rapidly even though both claim to want nothing more than temporary fun.

There’s definitely a bit of a communication break down, between Aurora and those trying to protect her as they try to track down the shooters.

I love the horses, Dalton’s teammates Aurora dubbed ‘the Scooby Team, and her friends Lindy and Crystal. Strong women are always what these men need. 

Plenty of twists, turns and heat, plus a couple of surprises I didn’t see coming. I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

5 Contented Purrs for Caitlyn!


Not Quite Broken
Callaghan Family and Friends

Abbie Zanders

Former POW Brian McCain is so busy fighting his demons, there’s not enough left over for anyone else – not even the one woman who has a way of shining light into his darkness. But when a serial killer turns his sights on her, Brian realizes he’s not quite as broken as he thinks he is.

I fell in love with Brian at the very beginning of this book.

Tori is attending Phoebe’s bridal shower and her ‘boyfriend’ Cole doesn’t pick her up as arranged. With the latest news reporting another missing woman, she’s about to call for an Uber, when Brian offers to drive her home.

This is a favorite scene as they leave the bar.

Tori ignored the tiny flutter that tried to take up residence behind her rib cage. Brian McCain was just being nice. His offer to give her a ride didn’t mean anything.

The serial nutcase who had been terrorizing the region had everyone on edge. Women were looking over their shoulders and men—particularly the protective types—were stepping up their game.

She wasn’t complaining. People could call her old-fashioned, but she liked knowing that someone cared enough to make the effort, and having big, strong men keeping watchful eyes made her feel safer.

Unfortunately, the guy she was seeing (emphasis on was) didn’t seem to care nearly as much. Granted, their relationship was still fairly new. They’d only gone out a few times, so maybe she was expecting too much.

You’ve never gone out with Brian McCain and he’s stepping up, her inner voice whispered.

Yes, well, not all men are created equal. Some are more chivalrous than others.

Clearly.

It wasn’t even as if she had asked Cole to be her designated driver. He had been the one to offer when they’d been in the BodyWorks lobby with a group of others discussing the bachelorette party.

Yes, but that was only after Kieran put him on the spot and gave him the stink eye.

Still, he could have said no. She wouldn’t have taken it too personally. She certainly would have preferred that to getting stood up.

It would have made him look bad, though, and Cole is all about looking good.

True enough.

“All done. Ready to go?” She nodded, silencing her internal conversation and gathering her phone and purse. Brian held the door open for her and she walked through, offering a quiet thank you to let him know she appreciated the courtesy.

They went into the back lot, where Brian pointed to a Jeep Wrangler. Judging by the mud splattered along the front and sides, he liked off-roading, too.

“Hope this is okay,” he said almost apologetically as he opened the door for her there, too.

“Perfect.” She used the running board and the suspended hand grip to lift herself into the passenger seat. “I’ve got one myself.”

His eyebrows shot up. “Yeah?”

“You seem surprised.”

“Not a lot of women drive Jeeps.”

The response tumbled out before she could stop it. “I’m not a lot of women.”
Love Under Siege. Abbie Zanders. Not Quite Broken. Kindle Locations 12514-12534. Kindle Edition.

I love Tori’s internal conversations and her inner evaluations of every situation.

These two have a lot in common and begin doing stuff together as friends. Lots of fun stuff. Unfortunately Brian doesn’t believe he deserves someone as wonderful as Tori as anything more than a friend.

Just as things really heat up between them Brian backs off. It hurts and Tori misses the things they did together.

An emotional tale, with lots of fun, laughter, tears and a twist that will have you turning the pages for more.

5 Contented Purrs for Abbie!


Samantha A. Cole’s Bio and Links

A proud member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Samantha A. Cole is a retired policewoman and former paramedic who is thrilled to add author to her list of exciting careers. She has lived her entire life in the suburbs of New York City and is looking forward to becoming a snow-bird between New York and Florida someday. Her two fur-babies, Jinx and Bella, keep her company and remind their mom to take a break from writing every once in a while to go for a walk, which is the best way to deal with a stubborn case of writer’s block.

An avid reader since childhood, Samantha was often found with a book in hand and sometimes one in each. After being gifted with a stack of romance novels from her grandmother, her love affair with the genre began in her teens. Many years later, she discovered her love for writing stories was just as strong. Taking her life experiences and training, she strives to find the perfect mix of suspense and romance for her readers to enjoy.

While the original planned stories for the Trident Security series have been completed, the seven novels and two novellas have brought many opportunities for Samantha to spread her wings and bring her readers more characters and stories to love. Look for her upcoming Trident Security Omega Team series, Doms of The Covenant short stories series, Blackhawk Security series, and more from the Malone Brothers series, in addition to several stand alone projects.


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Kalyn Cooper’s Bio and Links

KaLyn Cooper’s romances blend fact and fiction with blazing heat and heart-pounding suspense.

Twenty-two years as a military wife has shown KaLyn the world, and thirty years in PR taught her that fact can be stranger than fiction. She leaves it up to the reader to separate truth from imagination.

She, her husband, and Little Bear (Alaskan Malamute) live in Tennessee on a micro-plantation filled with gardens, cattle, and quail. When she’s not writing, she’s at the shooting range or on the river.

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Lindsay Cross’ Bio and Links

Lindsay Cross is the award-winning author of the Men of Mercy series. She is the fun loving mom of two beautiful daughters and one precocious Great Dane. Lindsay is happily married to the man of her dreams – a soldier and veteran. During one of her husband’s deployments from home, writing became her escape and motivation.

An avid reader since childhood, reading and writing is in her blood. After years of reading, she discovered her true passion – writing. Her alpha military men are damaged, drop-dead gorgeous and determined to win the heart of the woman of their dreams.

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PJ Fiala’s Bio and Links

PJ Fiala is a best-selling author of steamy contemporary romance focusing on bikers and veterans.

As a biker herself and from a family of veterans and current service members, she spends her time seeing the country on two wheels and writing stories she loves to read.

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Maryann Jordan’s Bio and Links

I have always been an avid reader. I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. I’ve written as a hobby for over 30 years. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

My books are filled with sweet romance and hot sex; mystery, suspense, real life characters and situations. My heroes are alphas, take charge men who love the strong, independent women they fall in love with.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and have been involved in education for the past 30 years. I recently retired and now can spend more time devoted to my writing.

I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters.

When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!

I love to hear from readers.

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MJ Nightingale’s Bio and Links

MJ Nightingale is the author of the Secrets & Seduction Series, and The Bounty Hunters; The Marino Bros. She writes romantic suspense and erotica. She began writing young, and will soon pursue her dream of writing full time. But reading has been a part of her life since she was a child. She has been an avid lover of romance novels, and they have always held a special place in her heart.When not working, or writing, or spending time with her children, she devours books all summer long, and any type of fiction; thrillers, crime, suspense, contemporary, and drama.

In 2016 MJ began rolling out her new series of romantic suspense novels; Mystic Nights. It will feature Mystic Nights Casino and the family that runs it.

She currently lives in Florida with her wonderful husband, and sons. And, she loves to hear from her readers.

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Caitlyn O’Leary’s Bio and Links

Caitlyn O’Leary is an avid reader, and considers herself a fan first and an author second. She reads a wide variety of genres, but finds herself going back to happily-ever-afters. Getting a chance to write, after years in corporate America is a dream come true. She hopes that her stories provide the kind of entertainment and escape that she has found from some of her favorite authors.

Her Series Include:
THE FOUND
It’s a bit Paranormal, a bit Sci-Fi and 100% Action/Adventure. The characters have special abilities, that make them targets.

MIDNIGHT DELTA
This is focused on a group of Navy Seals. What makes them special is their bond to one another, and the women they come to love.

FATE HARBOR
This is the series that started her career, it is a Menage Series that takes place in Fate Harbor Washington. It focuses on a tight knit community who live and love and care for one another.

She loves to hear from her readers. caitlyn@caitlynoleary.com

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Abbie Zanders’ Bio and Links

Abbie Zanders is a wife and mother of three (including a set of identical twins), born and raised in the mountains and valleys of Northeastern Pennsylvania. She has a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. Though she has spent the last 25+ years developing financial software for healthcare-based companies, she has also held second jobs as a pub waitress, a restaurant dessert baker, a secretary, and a bread shelf stock girl.

Hobbies and interests include romance novels (all genres), 80’s hair bands and heavy metal, muscle cars, and really big dogs.

A voracious reader, she carries both a Nook and a Kindle with her at all times, as well as several mini-sized notebooks to jot down ideas when inspiration strikes. Writing is a life-long pursuit; it began somewhere in elementary school when she used to secretly draft scripts for then-popular TV shows, writing herself in as a main character, of course. Things have changed a lot since then – she now focuses on love stories for mature audiences – but her passion for writing remains the same.

She is both grateful and honored to be able to share her stories with those having a similar penchant for love stories, and promises her readers two things: no cliffhangers, and always happily ever afters.


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Dragon Undercover – Dark Scales Division Book 1 by Lia Davis and Kerry Adrienne



Dragon Undercover
Dark Scales Division Book 1
By
Lia Davis
and
Kerry Adrienne

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Dragon shifter and team lead for DSD—Dark Scales Division—Owen Ashton has never lost a case.

When his sister’s murderer turns serial killer, he is determined to take the rogue dragon down, for good. His team tracks the murderer to a small town in Minnesota and Owen goes undercover to finally end Huff’s reign of terror. The last thing Owen expected was to discover his mate vacationing in the lake house next to his.

Nadia Hasting, along with her sister Sage, take the first vacation in years since their parents’ deaths. Visiting the lake house their family rented every year when they were children is exactly what they need for downtime before Sage heads to college. The hot neighbor is a bonus, but Nadia isn’t sure she’s ready to date. But the pull toward the sexy stranger proves too strong to ignore.

When Sage goes missing, Nadia turns to Owen to rescue her sister from a mad man.

But will Owen’s dragon scare her away from the one man that can save them all?

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Owen was searching, set up in an idyllic cabin by a lake. His objective, find and kill the rogue dragon who killed his sister and then progressed to kill others including humans.

Nadia and her sister Sage have come to the cabin their parents used to rent when they were young, a vacation before Sage heads off to college.

When Nadia and Owen meet, the attraction is mutual but the timing kind of sucks. Owen’s dragon immediately recognizes his mate, but being as she’s human it poses some problems. However, Sage is all for the two of them getting together.

This is a favorite scene as Sage takes off to be with a friend.

He rang the doorbell again. His team hadn’t sent him any more information, and he hadn’t picked up any leads on Huff yet, though he’d looked over the documents again and tried to sense any dark magic around the water when he’d gone for a run.

No sign at all. If Huff was at the lake, he was doing a damn good job hiding out.

Sage opened the door, her pink and silver phone in hand. A wide smile brightened her features. “Hi! Come on in.”

“Thanks.” He followed her. The house felt much larger on the inside.

Bright and cheery, like Nadia and Sage.

“Naaadia,” Sage called. “Owen’s here.”

“I’m in the kitchen.”

“This way.” Sage pointed.

They wended through a couple unpacked suitcases in the hall.

Sage shrugged. “I didn’t get completely unpacked last night.”

“I see that.”

When they crossed into the kitchen, Nadia turned and her face lit up. He could feel happiness wafting off her.

“Hey, Owen.”

“How are you?”

“I’m good. You?”

He nodded. “Hungry.”

“Me, too.”

“I hate to break up the conversation,” Sage interjected. She directed her next words to Nadia. “Stephanie is having a get-together and sleepover tonight. I’m heading over there now. If that’s okay with you, of course.”

Did she wink at her sister or had he imagined it?

Nadia frowned. “Tonight? We have dinner with Owen.” She leaned against the countertop. “Can’t you meet up with her another night?”

“It’s been so long since I’ve seen her. Since her parents moved out here, it’s hard to get together. And we both go to different colleges in the fall.”

“But we have dinner plans.”

“It’s just one night. I’ll be back by tomorrow afternoon, I promise.”

Nadia rolled her eyes and sighed. “I expect to see you at some point during our vacation.”

Sage kissed her sister on the cheek. “You will. You two have fun.”

Owen followed her to the door. “Be careful.”

“Always.” Sage stared at him. “Why so serious?”

He followed her out the front door. “It’s nothing. I’m the cautious type.” He couldn’t tell her the truth. He had no evidence Liam Huff was at the lake, and there was no need to worry her.

“You and Nadia have fun.”

The young woman bounced off toward the lake where a small motorboat waited. Stephanie stood on the dock and waved.

Nadia tapped Owen on the shoulder. “Looks like it’s just you and me for dinner.”

His dragon pranced, wings quivering. He’d have his mate all to himself. Yeah, it was going to be a long night of trying to keep his hands off her.
Davis, Lia. Adrienne, Kerry. Dragon Undercover (Dark Scales Division Book 1) (pp. 33-36). After Glows Publishing. Kindle Edition.

A delightful dinner and getting to know you conversation leads to way more.

These two got to the sizzling really quick, but that cooled very quickly with a frantic call from Stephanie saying someone took Sage.

A tense race against time, as Owen and his team search for the rogue and Sage. With the added problem of Owen having to tell Nadia he’s a dragon shifter.

Fast paced, with hold your breath suspense, plenty of sizzle and a few tears.

5 Contented Purrs for Lia and Kerry!

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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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kerry-adrienne Kerry Adrienne

USA Today Bestselling Author Kerry Adrienne loves history and spends large amounts of time wondering about people who lived and walked on Earth in the past. She’s a mom to three daughters, six cats, and many small animals. Her husband says she’s a marketer’s dream, as she often believes everything she hears—at least initially. She loves music and her Mini Cooper, Sheldon, and spends a lot of time driving around pondering and plotting stories and settings for her books.

She loves to read and write in most genres–historical, erotic romance, science fiction, paranormal, m/m, fantasy–and crossovers are her favorites.

She’s also a college instructor, an editor, a costumer, and an artist, and enjoys most anything creative–except cake decorating, which she really dislikes.

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The Latest in the Baytown Boys Series! Waiting For Sunrise – Baytown Boys Book 7 By Maryann Jordan



Waiting for Sunrise
Baytown Boys Book 7
By
Maryann Jordan

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Baytown Boys

Military duty called them away to war zones, but after tours overseas, the group of friends found their way back home as men, seeking the peaceful little seaside town. Now, the band of brothers, together once more, work to provide a place for less fortunate veterans to call home.

Belle Gunn has watched all her friends find love in Baytown, but for the shy nurse, love has not yet come her way. Wearing her heart on her sleeve, she throws herself into her job in a nursing home and continued studies. Watching the sun rise each morning, she looks for the new day, with all its possibilities, to begin.

Hunter Simmons, landed in Baytown, having heard of the welcoming attitude toward veterans. Since leaving the Navy, he had drifted until finding work in the little coastal town’s nursing home. Working with and living near the beautiful Belle makes him wonder if he can finally settle down.

Mysteries abound at the nursing home and a freak accident brings them together. To stay together, Belle will have to deal with her past and Hunter will have to work through his current problems, for them to find love.

Scenes of a sexual nature and language are consistent with what you would find in an R rated movie. For readers 18+.

I love strong women and the women of Baytown are that and so much more. Belle wasn’t part of the original group she was a couple of years behind them.

Always working hard and now studying to finish her RN, Belle always rises early to watch the sunrise. The beginning of a new day brings memories of her grandmother who instilled this habit in her.

Hunter has been attracted to Belle since he first saw her. He’s managed to keep his distance even though they both work at the Careview Nursing Home. That is until she injures herself because of the placement his ladder as he changed lightbulbs.

This is a favorite scene.

Pulling a small notebook from her pocket, she looked down at the notes she had taken while studying last night. The test was still two days away, but she believed in being as prepared as possible.

Suddenly slamming into a hard object, she screamed briefly before quickly finding herself on the floor, sprawled out and in pain amongst broken glass.

“Auggh, shit.” Not one to typically curse in public, this occasion warranted the slip.

“Fuck.”

She cringed. Oh, no. Of course Hunter would witness this.

Gaining her bearings, she peeked open her eyes and found Hunter staring at her. Maybe if I lie here long enough, he’ll just disappear.

Hunter stared down, horrified at the scene below him. Changing the long, thin, fluorescent light fixtures in the back hallway, he had been standing on the stepladder close to the wall. With the residents at dinner, he had determined it would be a good time and a quiet place to get the job completed. Never hearing anyone approach, he had been shocked when the ladder suddenly jolted violently underneath him, causing the light to fly from his hand, shattering to the floor.

Hearing a yelp of surprise before it turned into a cry of pain, he grabbed the ladder, forcing it to steady. Twisting his body, he looked down, seeing the crumpled form of the woman he had been surreptitiously staring at for two months.
Jordan, Maryann. Waiting for Sunrise: Baytown Boys Series (Kindle Locations 290-304). Kindle Edition.

Now he finds he can’t stay away. He absolutely needs to work things out and there’s things he needs to tell her. The timing isn’t right though.

I swear I was yelling at Hunter the whole way through this book. With all the guys in law enforcement working to curb the drug traffic in Baytown, the trailer park with the problems in the back area. Belle stumbling on things and so much more.

I loved all the interactions with Brittany, Belle really was key in helping her become all she can be.

I couldn’t put this book down, I laughed, I cried, I held my breath, and I might have cursed a few times with the twists and turns. So much I didn’t see coming! 

5 Contented Purrs for Maryann!

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Maryann Jordan

I have always been an avid reader. My early memories were of my mother taking me to the library and allowing me to check out as many books as I could carry. My favorite books were checked out numerous times and read over and over. I would use my Barbie dolls to play out the scenes in books (such as Nancy Drew!).

I have written as a hobby for many years (probably since childhood). I have written devotionals, autobiographical writings about having a severely handicapped, medically fragile child, about my mother’s Alzheimer’s, and other subjects that interest me.

I joke that I “cut my romance teeth” on the old historical romance books. In 2013, I started a blog to showcase wonderful writers. In 2014, I finally gave in to the characters in my head pleading for their story to be told. Thus, Emma’s Home was created.

I worked as a counselor in a high school and was involved in education for the past 30 years, until retiring in 2015. I have been married to a wonderfully patient man for 35 years and have 2 adult, very supportive daughters. When writing, my dog or one of my cats will usually be found in my lap!


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