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Hidden Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan – A Montgomery Ink Novella for 1001 Dark Nights


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Hidden Ink
A Montgomery Ink Novella – 1001 Dark Nights
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Carrie Ann Ryan

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Hailey Monroe knows the world isn’t always fair, but she’s picked herself up from the ashes once before and if she needs to, she’ll do it again. It’s been years since she first spotted the tattoo artist with a scowl that made her heart skip a beat, but now she’s finally gained the courage to approach him. Only it won’t be about what their future could bring, but how to finish healing the scars from her past.

Sloane Gordon lived through the worst kinds of hell yet the temptation next door sends him to another level. He’s kept his distance because he knows what kind of man he is versus what kind of man Hailey needs. When she comes to him with a proposition that sends his mind whirling and his soul shattering, he’ll do everything in his power to protect the woman he cares for and the secrets he’s been forced to keep.

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I love the Montgomery Ink Series and this novella for 1001 Dark Nights is no exception.

Hailey and Sloane have been dancing around each other for years. This is their story, and what a story it is.

Breast Cancer at any age is devastating but Hailey had to conquer it at a very young age. I can’t imagine how difficult that must have been.

When Sloane finds he needs to step up to the plate and ask Hailey out, he knows he is too broken for her but can’t help himself. He wants her and damned if she doesn’t want him right back.

As always there is the love and support of  the Montgomery Ink family.

There is so much to love about this book I couldn’t select a passage that was a favorite.  I cried, then cried some more. This is so much more than a love story, it is the stripping away the secrets to the souls inside.

5 Contented Purrs for you Carrie Ann!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born. Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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Written In Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan – Montgomery Ink Series 7.5


Written in Ink
Written In Ink
Montgomery Ink Series 7.5
by
Carrie Ann Ryan

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There’s nothing worse for a writer than missing a deadline. For Griffin Montgomery, his failure to do what he loves comes at a blow. He didn’t understand how it was affecting his life until his well-meaning family intercedes. His sisters have hired him a new personal assistant and he’s outraged—that is, until he sees who it is.

Autumn Minor is light on her feet and a bare memory for most people she meets. She does her best to blend in everywhere she lives, even if it’s only for a short period of time. Making sure no one truly notices her is the only way she’s survived this long. Only when she meets Griffin and the rest of the Montgomery’s, she’s afraid she won’t be able to let go when its time to run.

Though the two begin a tentative but explosive relationship, they know it can’t last forever. Neither of them are made for the long haul when it comes to love and romance. When the demons from Autumn’s past find her and put both their lives at risk, Griffin will stop at nothing to protect her. In the end, though, he’ll be the one who needs a second chance

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I love this series and in this book we get a look at everyone and more. By more I mean hints at the books that are coming.

While this is about Griffin and Autumn, we learn a bit more about Jake, Maya’s friend. We are introduced briefly to Holly , Jakes girlfriend and Border Jake’s one time lover/friend? There is more of Sloane’s growly protectiveness of Hailey. Baby announcements, can you guess who? An update on Alex in rehab. News on Dad’s cancer. So much new information that makes me ache for the next book.

The Montgomery’s are known for taking care of their own. When Griffin gets behind on his deadline due to a rather intense case of writer’s block, his Mom, along with his sisters lovingly called the M & M’s (Meghan, Maya and Miranda), step in with a solution. One he is given no choice but to accept.

The beautiful and mysterious Autumn will become his personal assistant.  Hired by the women in his life, he can’t fire her, as he has with others in the past. She will organize everything around him so he can concentrate on the important things, writing.

We met Autumn at the end of Megan and Luc’s book Harder Than Words. An interesting young lady who never gets attached to any one place. Now we will find out why she runs. Will she continue to, now that she has found something she never expected?

I usually put up a passage but this from Griffin’s head really touched me.

He didn’t know why that hurt, but he pushed it aside like he had all the other times words had hurt. Words were far more powerful than most believed. That’s why he wrote them.

From the messy house to organization, this book held me in it’s tight clutches to the very end. Some inventive hot sexy scenes and so much more. Laughing and crying and just plain more please.

I can’t wait for the next in this series.

5 Contented Purrs for you Carrie Ann!

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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Hot Ink Anthology – Featuring Carrie Ann Ryan, Cari Quinn and Sidney Bristol


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Hot Ink Anthology
from Fated Desires Publishing
(November 11th 2014)

Authors: Carrie Ann Ryan, Cari Quinn, and Sidney Bristol

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Forever Ink
Montgomery Ink 1.5
by NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan

The idea of a May-December romance has never looked so hot when it comes to broody lawyer, Morgan and sizzling tattoo artist, Callie. Between conniving family members, blondes with too much time on their hands, and their own misgivings, trust in the bedroom and out of it won’t come easy.

My Review:

This is definitely a favorite in this series. Callie is Austin Montgomery’s apprentice at Montgomery Ink and in the beginning of this book is one of my favorite scenes.

“You’re ready for your own space, hon,” Austin said softly. “You’ve been ready for awhile, but Maya and I wanted to be sure the shop was ready too. Since Tommy moved away when his wife got stationed in Texas last week, we’ve opened up a space. So it’s yours. We’ll talk business and what it all means when Maya gets back, but welcome to the family. You’re one of us.”

Callie threw her arms around Austin’s neck, crying softly. “Oh thank you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

Austin patted her back and set her down. “You’re good at what you do. So go work on the star for that girl over there and then we can work with Morgan together.”

She nodded, a bit dazed, then kissed Austin on the cheek. “Thank you.”

“Putting moves on my man?” Sierra teased as she walked in.

Callie blushed then stepped back from Austin. “He just told me I get my own station, so I was just saying thanks. He’s all yours.”

Sierra beamed and hugged her tight. Callie closed her eyes, letting her family in everything but blood celebrate with her. “I’m so proud of you.” She looked over at Austin. “Maya’s going to be pissed you didn’t wait for her.”

Austin shrugged. “Whatever. I want Callie to work with Morgan and Maya isn’t here. She’ll get over it.”

Callie winced. “I so don’t want to be here when you’re telling her that.”

Thus starts a rollercoaster of a romance with as many ups as downs, tears and laughter and misunderstandings as a person can take.  Morgan has to convince the people around him of what he really wants in life and Callie has to decide if she can handle it all.

Their romance tends to be so hot you need a cold shower to keep reading, then almost frigid with misunderstandings.

I love the way all the novellas and books in this series just flow into one another while remaining standalones. We see the same characters so we watch them grow as they contribute to the current story. Then new ones are introduced giving a peek into the next.

5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!

 


Takedown
A Tapped Out Bonus Novella
by USA Today Bestselling Author
Cari Quinn
After honorably discharged Navy SEAL Liam Walsh discovers his estranged brother, Slater, is living platonically with Abby, the only woman Liam ever loved, he vows to remind her of their scorching history. But Abby has changed since Liam left, and he only has one long weekend to stake his claim…

 

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This is one messed up relationship. Liam left Abby and his family when he entered SEAL training. He hasn’t contacted any of them since. Now he is home and he thinks he may be a better person or, at the very least, different.

Liam jumps to a lot of conclusions from the moment Abby opens the door to his brother Slater’s apartment.  He puts his foot in his mouth several times and still the lust between them takes over. After another round of foot in mouth with his brother, about his involvement with MMA and Abby, he walks out, again. Not saying anything he planned on.

He finds himself at the Cage the gym Slater’s best friend Fox owns.  There he finds his sister Jenna working, and he gets to say some of what he wanted to with Slater. This is one of my favorite scenes.

“Don’t leave like that again. Promise me.”

“I promise, nugget.” I brushed her hair out of her face as she eased back. “I’m not going anywhere for a good long while if I can help it.”

Her eyes narrowed. They were so like our mother’s, large and expressive, always showing exactly what she was feeling. Now she was cautiously optimistic…and confused. “Why? I mean, it’s awesome, and I’m so glad you’re here.” She squeezed me in another quick hug. “But, I mean, are you based here? Is there even a base? What’s going on?”

I laughed. Somehow I’d forgotten what a chatterbox my little sis could be. A great thing to be reminded of when you didn’t want to talk about yourself. Soon enough I’d steer the conversation back to her. Until then, I had to answer her questions as honestly as possible.

“I’m medically retired.” As soon as I said the words, I had to clear my throat. I hadn’t had to say them much out loud yet, and the grit in my throat that accompanied them was harder to swallow than I expected. Years of my life and my foreseeable future were gone, just like that. “I will probably go back and help train SEALs at some point, but that’s up to me. Right now, I want to be here with you and your brother and—” I broke off, unable to finish.

“And Abby,” she said gently, reaching for my hand again.

Saying nothing, I nodded.

With the help of his brother Slater’s best friend Fox,  and his sister Jenna, he finally looks at himself inside and out.

This book is very emotional, heart-rending secrets untold until now and fiery, hot sex.

5 Contented Purrs for Cari!

 


Bound Memories
A Bayou Bound Novella
by Sidney Bristol
Kit Carson is back in his home town to do more than promote his latest reality TV win on Tattoo King. He’s returned to win over the woman who kinked up his world, but Renee LeBlanc isn’t the girl he remembers. Ten years can go in a blink of an eye and he won’t let her walk away from him again.

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When Kit walks back into Renee’s life, she isn’t sure she wants anything to do with him.  He left her and Peaches (her cat) ten years ago and the struggle to be a female tattoo artist in a male dominated field was just too much. She quit to do something that would pay the bills.

Kit has returned the reigning Tattoo King. He is hoping that Renee will come with him when he leaves to do the convention tours.

Renee, has settled in with a good job, friends but no tattooing. When she and Kit discover he knew the victim of the cold case his uncle is still trying to solve, in spite of being retired and in hospice care, things get very interesting.

This novella has something for everyone. Hot sex, a cold case mystery, a dying relative and two people that have to overcome the hurt of the past.

5 Contented Purrs for Sidney!

My Review of Dark Fates – A Paranormal Anthology From Fated Desires Publishing


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A Paranormal Anthology
From Fated Desires Publishing, LLC
(August 10, 2014)
 
Six hot paranormal romance stories from USA Today and bestselling authors. Alpha heroes and heroines with dark pasts and the need to find their own happy ever after will draw you in and make you turn to the next page.

 

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Of these six authors there is only one that is new to me, Marie Harte and now she is a favorite too. All the others are favorites and I must read everything I can by them.


THE HUNTED HEART
(A Redwood Pack Novella)
by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan

Emeline might have been alive hundreds of years, but she’s never really lived.

Noah has known Emeline was his mate since he first saw her, only he doesn’t know if she feels the same. When he finally takes that final step, he’ll have to pray she finds the connection and overcomes the past she thought she’d lost years ago.

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Emeline is an elder of the Redwood pack.  A scholar who is searching a library of books to find a cure for the pack Doctor North’s blindness.

Noah is a young wolf, who has taken over North’s duties, and is helping Emeline with her research.  He also knows she is his mate, the problem is getting her to realize it.

My favorite quote in this book is when Lexi and Bay are helping Emeline prepare for a date with Noah.

“Oh, honey, please stop calling yourself a cougar,” Lexi said, tears streaming from her eyes.

Emeline put her fists on her hips and scowled.  “That’s what I am, aren’t I?”

“No. Emeline, you’re a wolf,” Bay said, clearly trying not to smile and failing badly. “A female wolf about to go on a date with a very sexy male wolf.  Stop calling yourself a cougar. 

Though, oh my god, that’s hilarious.”

There is anxst, jealousy, pain, and love that is worked through in this story.  With each turn of the page I found myself holding my breath to see what would happen next.

A wonderful read, I wait anxiously for the next book in this series.

5 contented purrs, for Cassie Ann!

 


JACKAL’S MEASURE
(A Ludos Deorum Novella)
by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marie Harte

Tortured by the god of chaos for centuries, Tariq knows only duty to numb the pain.

When he’s sent to collect Eden, a sexy human accused of interfering in the Games of the Gods, his missing heart beats again.

But love may not be enough to save them.

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I had never read Marie Harte before, now I know what I have been missing.

Games of the Gods. Nordic, Greek and Egyptian. A way to break the boredom of the pantheons.

Egyptian guardians to Anubus and Set, a girl who remembers even though they try to wipe her memory. It is a love that time and many different lives cannot suppress.

Tariq and Eden’s story is full of intriguing twists and turns. She begins to recall her past life with Tariq, when her name was Rehema.

Set wants something from Eden, but she doesn’t remember. One of my favorite scenes is just before Set arrives on the scene and Eden is beginning to remember her past lives.

“I can’t help being scared. This is all so new, and yet it’s not. I loved you as Rehema, but I didn’t know you when I was Gretchen or Marguerite. The knowledge of those other lives is starting to seep into me, and I’m scared.” In a low voice, she confessed, “When you left me the first time, it devastated me. I can’t lose you again.”

He pulled back to dry her tears. “We’ll find a way, habibti. No matter what, I won’t let anyone keep us apart.” He wanted to reassure her again, but what felt like an earthquake rocked the house.

“What—”

Tariq, my pet, Set whispered. I want my prize.

I really loved this book, and I found myself adding her books to my growing TBR mountain.

5 contented purrs for Marie!

 


ALPHA’S SACRIFICE
(A Fallen Alpha Novella)
by Rebecca Royce
Hayden Chaucer is determined to make the best life possible for his pack and is ill-prepared to discover his true mate waiting for him in his home.
Worse, his mate, Chelsea, has fled the True Believers, and her ability to see the future may cost them their present.

My Review:

Sexy, strong and dominant is a very brief description of Hayden Chaucer, Alpha of a small, loyal pack and owner the Chaucer Family Winery.

Chelsea Steefle is human, she has to warn Hayden of a threat to his life before it is too late. Problem is that to most people she appears to be crazy. She has visions and that’s how she knows Hayden and his pack are in danger.

My favorite part of this novella was when Hayden was trying to explain the true mating to Chelsea.

“It’s not all that common.” He shifted his stance suddenly feeling uncomfortable. “But it happens. It’s not like we’re not…built to be compatible. We have all the rights parts. It’s just that True Matings are rare, and, usually, if a wolf is settling into a relationship that isn’t a True Mating, they choose to do it with one of our own kind so that there aren’t the problems of existing in two different worlds. So, I guess it’s fair to say that most human-werewolf joinings are usually True Matings.”

She walked toward him, her eyes narrowed. “If all of this is true, then everything I’ve been through has been leading to this moment. My destiny. Is that it? Some universal deity decided that I should mate a werewolf and so, therefore, it shall be?”

A hot sexy read from Rebecca Royce, I love your Alpha wolves! I can’t wait for the next book in this series.

5 contented purrs for Rebecca!

 


TOUCH OF DESIRE
(An Ashwood Falls Novella)
by Lia Davis
A submissive wolf who lost it all finds herself in a mating dance with the very dominant senior enforcer who will stop at nothing to claim her.

My Review:

I love the Ashwood Falls series and I loved this added glimpse.

Cora is suffering from nightmares of being chased by and caught by Mutants (half human/half shifter beings), in the same way her parents and more recently her brother had ultimately met their deaths. On top of all this her wolf has withdrawn and she cannot shift.

With the help of her former Alpha she gets a job, designing the new security that would encompass the Ashwood Falls and MoonRiver dens.

In her new position she must work with Torin, a dominant male who knows she is his mate. He has been very patient so she can work through her grief but knows he must make a move.

A favorite passage in this book is when Cora is getting ready for a date with Torin.
Cora picked at her water bottle. “I can stay….”

“No way. You’re not getting out of it that easy. It’s about time you gave into Torin. I mean, the male has been chasing you for the last few months.” Jasmine tried to hide her smile behind the bottle. She failed terribly when it came to teasing Cora about Torin.

“Well he isn’t leaving much room for me to run anymore. Working on the security system means also working with him.” She sighed and leaned against the counter. “I don’t know how to handle him. He’s so much male and dominant.”

Jasmine laughed. “You don’t handle a male like Torin. You tease, love, and bite him.”

This book is well written with laughter, angst, tears, fear and sizzling hot passion. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

5 contented purrs for Lia!

 


SANGUE FEVER
by Ann Mayburn
Drifting without a purpose, vampire Lisabetta finds herself yearning for something more. She finds it while hunting for her next donor. Things are not quite as they seem when she seduces an older mortal man and finds herself in danger of falling in love for the first time in centuries.

My Review:

When Ann Mayburn writes anything you know the sex is going to be take a cold shower hot. Sangue Fever is no exception.

Lizabetta is a vampire who wants something more than the feed and memory wipe that is common. Her Master Sargon wants her to become a maker herself so she can have the committed relationship, that for some reason she can’t seem to have with him.

She meets Tyler and everything is different. Could he be the one that she could find that happiness with? Would Sargon approve of her choice and will he be allowed in the relationship?

One of my favorite passages is when she first sees Tyler

The feeling of needing, craving.. something intensified until she hugged herself, wishing Sargon was still here so he could hold her.

As that last thought made her want to tear up, she met the gaze of a man in his early forties sitting in another area of the VIP section. He had close-cropped dark hair with thick shocks of silver streaking through it. A black cowboy hat sat on the table before him, and she had a sudden, vivid mental image of riding him wearing just the hat. He was sexy, so damn sexy it made her teeth ache to taste him. His tanned face had faint lines, and she could see the solid, muscular build of his broad chest and shoulders beneath his paid shirt. Something about him radiated power and control, but it wasn’t in the way of immortals. No, this man was one hundred percent human and utterly delicious. All thoughts of anyone’s gaze except for the powerful man before her vanished as pure primal need filled her.

She wanted him.

Now.

This book just sizzles off the pages.

5 contented purrs for Ann!

 


FORBIDDEN RESCUE
(A Watchers Novella)
by Heather Long

All Jubilee Spector wants is to save her brother. The last thing she expects is to stumble into a dark world and another’s war. But Fox Arada is so much more than a man, and her secret threatens to change the Watchers’ world forever.

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The watchers are keeping a handle on a heavenly war and along comes Jubilee, in a most disconcerting way, to change everything.

Jubilee stumbled into Fox’s room at a hotel while on the run from drug dealers. After he dispatched them, he ends up in trouble with his friend and one of the leaders, Enoch.

Fox has essentially kidnapped Jubliee in order to tend her wounds and protect her. All the while denying the powerful attraction to her. What amazes him most is that she can and does resist everything he suggests. As a human this should have been impossible.

In spite of being kidnapped Jubilee can’t help her attraction to Fox. She wants him, yet needs to get away. Back to her brother who will be in even more danger now.

One of my favorite scenes is right after Fox explains what he is.

“I say it’s a good thing you’re pretty. Because you’re bat-crap crazy,” she said. It was the best she could manage. “I’m not going to tell anyone about those men. You saved my life, and that’s enough for me. I didn’t need the fairy tale.” With trembling hands, she put the teacup aside. ” I want to go home now.”

His expression tightened, and darkness shuttered his eyes. She didn’t have to know him well to read the anger in the compressed line of his lips.

“Did you not hear a word I said?”

“I heard you, and you’re nuts.” She shoved the blanket back and swung her legs out of the bed. It was long past time to go, and, even if the peculiar faith her gut had in him hadn’t wavered one iota through his mad story, she had to question whether her instincts were firing on all cylinders.

“You don’t believe me.”

“No. I don’t. There are no such thing as shifters, much less angels and demons and a war and–“

The world exploded in a shower of sparkles, and all the oxygen seemed to whoosh out of the room and then back again. Where Fox had been sitting, now a red fox stood. The animal was huge and beautiful.

“Oh. My. God.”

What happens next I won’t tell you. It’s big, really big.

Complicated plot twists and hotter than hell sex. It doesn’t get better.

5 Contented Purrs for Heather!

ARC Review of An Alpha’s Choice by Carrie Ann Ryan


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An Alpha’s Choice
by Carrie Ann Ryan
Talon Pack Book 2
Fated Desires Publishing (August 18, 2015)

 

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A Broken Wolf. A Fractured Bond. A Fate Denied.

 

Brynn Brentwood has spent the whole of her life protecting the Talon Pack through terrors only she will ever know. She’s never asked for more in life other than to live to take her next breath and to ensure her family is safe. Regardless of her selfless wishes and the atrocities the former Alpha committed, she has always known that fate would provide for her as it had countless others. Fate is what has carried her through with one exception–upon meeting the one wolf who could be hers, he doesn’t feel their bond.

 

Finn Jamenson has been broken more than once, left beaten and half dead–and that was before he was an adult and Heir of the Redwood Pack. When called upon to work with their allies, the Talons, he finds himself intrigued with a woman who his wolf doesn’t claim as his own. Though he knows there could be something there, he refuses to tempt himself with a wolf who could never be his when his own mate could waiting for him.

The world changed in a blink of time and now the two wolves must fight as one–ignoring the burning temptation between them–when their people are threatened.

With one wrong move, their homes could be destroyed and its up to Finn and Brynn to save them all…if only they could save themselves.

 

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Thanks to the ‘Unveiling’ humans are relentlessly watching the Talon pack, and have an general idea of the Redwood location. Alpha’s Kane and Gideon have selected members of their packs to spend time outside the dens in an attempt to show they are mostly harmless.

Brynn, the Talon Alpha Gideon’s sister is paired with Finn, the Redwood Alpha Kane’s brother and heir.

Brynn has known for sure that Finn is her mate since Gideon and Brie’s mating ceremony. When she approached Finn at that time she was surprised and confused that he didn’t feel the mating pull. Now with them working close together acting as a ‘normal’ couple, having coffee and shopping the pull is tearing Brynn apart. She doesn’t understand why the fates would be so cruel.

Finn is attracted to Brynn but his wolf doesn’t seem to be. Finn’s wolf has never quite acted like others have described even the pull for the change is different for him. and in some ways is harder to control. For some reason he can’t define Brynn seems to hate him, and gets irritated at just about everything he says and does. Finn wants to be closer, much closer, but since his wolf doesn’t feel the pull of mate he doesn’t think it would be fair to her.

With each foray out of the den, the atmosphere gets more dangerous. Explosions are happening near the Talon den and there are confrontations with the humans as more of them take sides for or against the wolves.

A fast paced, action packed story, with emotional entanglements and sizzling sex to keep us on our toes. I love Carrie Ann’s wolves and look forward to the next installment of the Talon Pack.

5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!

 

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Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon
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My Review of Tattered Loyalties by Carrie Ann Ryan


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Tattered Loyalties
by Carrie Ann Ryan
Fated Desires Publishing (February 17, 2015)

 

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When the great war between the Redwoods and the Centrals occurred three decades ago, the Talon Pack risked their lives for the side of good. After tragedy struck, Gideon Brentwood became the Alpha of the Talons. But the Pack’s stability is threatened, and he’s forced to take mate—only the one fate puts in his path is the woman he shouldn’t want.

 

Though the daughter of the Redwood Pack’s Beta, Brie Jamenson has known peace for most of her life. When she finds the man who could be her mate, she’s shocked to discover Gideon is the Alpha wolf of the Talon Pack. As a submissive, her strength lies in her heart, not her claws. But if her new Pack disagrees or disapproves of fate’s choice, the consequences could be fatal.

 

As the worlds Brie and Gideon have always known begin to shift, they must face their challenges together in order to help their Pack and seal their bond. But when the Pack is threatened from the inside, Gideon doesn’t know who he can trust and Brie’s life could be forfeit in the crossfire. It will take the strength of an Alpha and the courage of his mate to realize where true loyalties lie.

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Lone wolves are challenging the Talon Pack Alpha Gideon, with increasing frequency and none of them have had the dominance to win. On top of this, it is becoming apparent that wolves will not be a hidden entity much longer. In an effort to control how the wolves are made public, the Redwood and Talon packs have a meeting to discuss how this should be done. This is where the fun begins.

Brie has known Gideon is her mate since she was seventeen. The problem, she is a submissive wolf, and as such really isn’t suited to be an Alpha’s mate. She has managed to avoid meeting him since that day so long ago, now her hiding is over. Kane, Alpha of the Redwood pack has ordered her to be at the meeting with the Talon pack.

When Gideon meets Brie, he knows right away she’s his mate, and a submissive. Since she doesn’t acknowledge anything he decides fate made a mistake and is going to ignore this little fact. Unfortunately for him the elders of his pack have other ideas. In an effort to exert their power the elders decide to invoke the Mating Clause on the Alpha “for the good of the pack”. Faced with a forced mating Gideon tells the elders he has found his potential mate but has not had the opportunity to pursue her. When Brie discovers this she travels to meet with Gideon. Better to have the mate the Goddess has given them than to have one forced by the elders and witches.

The mating instinct is strong with these two and they can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. With this starting backwards and they really don’t know each other, Gideon is way too overprotective of her.  This is making it difficult for Brie to find her place in the pack.

Top that off with the elder Shannon hating her and the surprise appearance of a wolf who should be dead and the sparks really start flying. The pack has an internal problem that could mean the end of the current relative peace if Gideon and Brie don’t get it together.

I loved this book, the intricate weaving of the story as Gideon and Brie find their paths in spite of everything that is against them.

5 Contented Purrs for Carrie Ann!

 

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Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

 

Carrie Ann Ryan

 

 

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon
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My Review of Harder Than Words By Carrie Ann Ryan


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The Latest in the Montgomery Ink Series
By Carrie Ann Ryan
Fated Desires Publishing – June 2015

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Meghan Montgomery-Warren thought she knew what love was when she’d married young and had two children. After years of being emotionally beaten down, her husband has finally left her and now she’s forced to find her way once again. Somehow she needs to find the person she used to be and figure that the strength she’d thought she’d lost was always there.

Luc Dodd left Denver and his best friend Meghan when he was forced to watch her walk down the aisle with another man. He might have only been her best friend, but he held his true emotions close to the vest. Now he’s back in town and in Meghan’s life. Only he needs to decide if that’s enough for him…and her.

Their journey from friends to lovers is a slow burn of seduction and pain. When Meghan’s past comes back to haunt them both, the two of them will have to stand closer together or be torn apart by their own misgivings forever.

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I love this large family and their devotion to each other. Everyone of them has their obstacles to overcome and at the moment it looks like it is Megan and Alex.

This book is Megan’s. She’s now divorced from Richard and working for Montgomery Inc. the construction and renovation branch of the family. Megan, has been put down over and over throughout her marriage so that she is convinced she has no self worth. Afraid to ask for help as she tries to prove to herself and the world that she is not helpless.

Luc was Megan’s best friend, he loved her as more than that but never found the courage to tell her. He left right before her wedding ceremony unable to face the fact that she would never be his.

Their relationship has many obstacles to overcome, and Richard, of course, has to make things worse.  One thing the Mongomery Clan does well is stand up for and fight for their own.

I loved this book it touches on some very emotional and devastating issues and the effects on those not only personally affected, but those around them.

Have tissues handy, you will definitely need them. I laughed and cried and fanned myself through the sizzling, hot bedroom and not in bedroom scenes.

Bravo, Carrie for bringing the issues of spousal mental abuse to light in an inspirational way.

Five Contented Purrs for this episode of the Montgomery Ink Series.

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“Everything okay, Meghan?”
She turned on her heel at the sound of Luc’s voice and stumbled over her own feet. She reached out and tried to grab her truck’s side mirror and missed.

 
Oh, hell…

She did her best to brace herself for the fall to the parking lot asphalt, but just when she figured she’d hit, strong arms wrapped around her waist. Luc’s heart beat against her ear, and his muscled chest should have felt hard and unyielding against her cheek. Instead, it was warm and…inviting?

No. That couldn’t be right.

 She must be lacking oxygen from preparing to fall. Luc’s hands moved down to her hips, and she placed her hands on his chest—was he always so built?

Okay, enough of this.

“Uh, thanks for saving me from making an ass out of myself,” she said then blushed. “Okay, so I still made an ass out of myself, but at least I’m not bleeding.”

Luc smiled down at her. “I’m used to women dropping at my feet. No worries.”

Considering how hot he’d always been, and the fact that he was one gorgeous specimen of a man now, she figured he was probably not exaggerating in the slightest. His dark chocolate skin was flawless over hard muscles, and his face held strong features. His jaw was strong, and every once in a while, he let his beard grow out just enough that it left a nice shadow. He kept his midnight black hair cut close to his head, and sometimes he even shaved it. At least he did when he was younger. She hadn’t seen him shave it in the year since he’d been back.

His honey-colored eyes bored into her, and she pushed at his chest so she could stand away from him. Easier to collect herself when she wasn’t draped over the man like some weak-kneed southern belle.

“Well, thank you for catching me.”

“Why did you swoon?” He smiled as he said it, so she knew he was teasing her, but she still narrowed her eyes.

“Swoon? I don’t swoon. I tripped over my own feet, but I didn’t swoon.”

He held up his hands in mock surrender. “Whatever you say, angel eyes.”

She froze for a moment at the nickname.

Angel eyes.

Hell, he hadn’t called her that since before he left town without a word.

Since her wedding day.
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Carrie Ann Ryan
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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Review of Delicate Ink by Carrie Ann Ryan


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Fated Desires Publishing, LLC, October 14 2014, 257 pages, ebook

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

A sexy, bearded tattoo artist meets his match and the sparks fly!

Blurb:
On the wrong side of thirty, Austin Montgomery is ready to settle down. Unfortunately, his inked sleeves and scruffy beard isn’t the suave business appearance some women crave. Only finding a woman who can deal with his job, as a tattoo artist and owner of Montgomery Ink, his seven meddling siblings, and his own gruff attitude won’t be easy. Finding a man is the last thing on Sierra Elder’s mind. A recent transplant to Denver, her focus is on opening her own boutique. Wanting to cover up scars that run deeper than her flesh, she finds in Austin a man that truly gets to her–in more ways than one. Although wary, they embark on a slow, tempestuous burn of a relationship. When blasts from both their pasts intrude on their present, however, it will take more than a promise of what could be to keep them together.

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My Review:

One of the things I absolutely love about the Montgomery Ink series, is that there is always more than one thing going on.

In this one, Austin and Sierra have many hurtles to overcome to continue there relationship, once it gets started that is. There are many everyday life experiences that are explored and some really surprising ones as well.

As Austin and Sierra get to know one another and Sierra faces her fears and her past as a very hot, very steamy relationship blossoms.  Austin’s past makes a few appearances and many of the cast of characters, in my opinion, needed their asses kicked.  I just don’t know what order….

It is also nice to see other characters from the novellas.  Shep and Shea (Ink Inspired) come to Denver for a visit kinda.

We also meet Callie, Austin’s apprentice.  Oh let me not forget the whole Montgomery Clan!

I couldn’t put this book down and in fact read it twice to be sure I got all the pertinent information before I reviewed it.

One of my favorite passages from the book and there were many I assure you, is right after Sierra meets Austin for the first time.

Seriously?  That bearded mountain of a man thought he had the right to judge her?  What right did he have to sneer at her and look down on her with those gorgeous blue eyes, and make her feel like she didn’t belong in his shop?

Wait.

Gorgeous blue eyes?

I laughed and cried and wanted to kick some ass in this one and totally needed a cold shower with the steamy sex scenes.  I can’t wait for the next one in the series. Totally Hooked!

Five contented PURRS for this latest from Carrie Ann Ryan!

 

 

 

Release Day! Loving the Omega by Carrie Ann Ryan


LovingTheOmega_150  Redwood Pack – Book 7.5

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Paranormal Romance – Explicit Sex
Published by: Fated Desires Publishing, LLC

Blurb:
Maddox Jamenson almost lost his mate before he knew she existed, but his life is now exactly how he’d dreamed it. The war with the Centrals is over, and his family is healing one day at a time. Ellie is reveling in the simple perfection that is her life and family now, but that doesn’t mean she can shed the self-doubts and concerns that come with being a new mother, mate, and Redwood.

When a disturbance in their quiet life threatens to ruin everything they’ve fought for, Maddox and Ellie will have to learn not only to rely on each other more than ever, but find within themselves the power to forgive

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My Review:
I started this series in the middle somewhere, and I really cannot get enough.  I now own, I think, the entire series and I have to go back and read them in order.

I loved this book the emotional exchange between Maddox and Ellie is palpable as is the love they have for each other and their adopted daughter, Charlotte.

In this book they are faced with different emotions brought forth by outside influences.  First in trying to help a couple with the loss of their son, and later with the fear that their daughter had been kidnapped.  The way they share through the mate bond shows how strong they can be when they help each other deal with the outside emotions.

A favorite passage:

“No one is in trouble.  Well, you’re going to be grounded a bit,” Maddox said, and Charlotte wiggled between them.

“Grounded?”

Ellie met Maddox’s gaze and nodded.  “Yes, baby, grounded.  You can’t leave without telling an adult.  A lot of people who might have been needed elsewhere were taken off their shifts to help find you.  That’s not saying it wasn’t worth it because you know all of us would do it again to make sure you were safe.”

“How grounded?”

“No TV or cookies for two weeks,” Maddox answered.  “You can play with your cousins because you’re a wolf and you need the pup play, but only at our house during that time.”

I cannot wait for the next book in this series.  I know Carrie Ann has been hinting at the next one, so hopefully it won’t be too long a wait.

Once again Carrie Ann Ryan has earned 5 contented purrs from me!

CARRIE ANN RYAN BLOG TOUR: Tangled Innocence, Dante’s Circle Series, Book 4 With My Review


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I am very pleased to be part of this Tour, Carrie Ann Ryan is one of my favorite authors and this series has me hooked!

Tangled Innocence

Tangled Innocence

Dante’s Circle Series, Book 4

by Carrie Ann Ryan

Release Date: April 15, 2014

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Humans aren’t as alone as they choose to believe. Every human possesses a trait of supernatural that lays dormant within their genetic make-up. Centuries of diluting and breeding have allowed humans to think they are alone and untouched by magic. But what happens when something changes?

As one of the seven lightning struck women, Nadie Morgan has known for a while now that her fate would be forever changed…and revolve around a certain dragon. From the first time Dante Bell saw Nadie, he knew she was the one for him. There’s just one problem–there’s another in his life he’s waiting on as well.

When Jace Goodwin, a bear shifter and Mediator, finally comes back to the human realm after years away under circumstances out of his control, his first stop is to Dante’s Circle where he not only finds his dragon, but the woman they both have been waiting for.

Once secrets are told and the sparks fly, Nadie’s new life becomes something she never thought possible. However there’s another realm at play and Jace and Nadie’s dragon will have to fight harder than he’s ever fought before to keep the life he’s waited eons for.

Warning: Contains one not-so-innocent human, a bear known for his bear-hugs, a tattooed and pierced dragon with a fiery temper, and a connection so explosive, you’ll be fanning yourself from page one.

My Review:

I won a copy of this book in a contest at a pre-release party.

This book combines all my favorite things. Shape-shifting, alternate worlds, war and love. Fanning myself didn’t help.  I needed cold showers to cool off from the heat of this book. I am still amazed my kindle hasn’t melted yet.  So much happens in this book that I couldn’t help but turn pages until the end.

A favorite passage of mine is right before Jace picks up Nadie to go to Dante’s house.

“She’d gone to sleep soon after Jace had left the night before, dreaming of dragons and bears and frolicking down a yellow brick road. Apparently her subconscious was a little illogical. Today they were going to sit down with Dante and just…be.”

I admit I have not read all in this series but I now own them all and will be reading and reviewing each and every one as I finish them!

Five contented purrs for this book.

Author Bio:

Carrie Ann Ryan                                                                                                                                    

USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.

Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.

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