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The Hero Within
Bec McMaster
Night
Marion Wiesel, Elie Wiesel
Can't Hardly Breathe - Gena Showalter Book four in the Original Heartbreakers brings us the first of the next three damaged men, this time ex-military instead of ex-foster care. We met Daniel in Jessie Kay’s book. He is her really good friend and he and his two pals run a security firm from Strawberry Valley. Daniel has been using Dorothea’s inn as his personal stomping ground with his dates. We met Dorothea in Hallow’s book. She is a sweet curvaceous beauty who hasn’t had a lot of good fortune in her life. She has loved Daniel since he was a senior and her a sophomore in high school, but she has kept her distance because she doesn’t believe he could truly like her when he seems to go for stick thin tall blondes and she in nothing like that. Daniel does find her attractive, but her shyness has caused him to keep his distance; however, when she shows up at his hotel door in nothing but a trench coat, he can’t believe his eyes and he behaves poorly. He almost ruined any chance with her from the get go, but he works to rectify the situation pronto. I enjoyed watching them grow together, learn about each other, and become stronger individuals because of their relationship with each other. This series is just so enjoyable, real and down to earth, yet still has the tense emotional strife that pulls the reader in and keeps you turning the pages. Love it and am ready for more.
The Harder You Fall (Original Heartbreakers) - Gena Showalter Book three in the Original Heartbreakers brings us West, the enigma and computer nerd billionaire game developer friend of Jase and Beck. He is an enigma because for the past ten years he has only allowed himself to have a relationship with a woman for two months out of each year, different girl each time, and on the anniversary of their two months he breaks it off completely. He even goes into his two month romances with all of his cards on the table and it always happens that the women always think they will be the one to win him and keep him. Since moving to Strawberry Valley, one woman has infuriated him and intrigued him and that is Jessie Kay Dillon, the older sister to Jase’s girl, Brook Lynn. Now he has sworn her off because she slept with both Beck and Jase when they first moved to town while she was still a major party girl and he refuses to get with a girl his friends have had, no matter how much he wants her. Jase and Beck both know he has the hots for her and no one understands why he won’t pursue her, but he continues to resist and it is a battle of wills and wits the both have come to both enjoy and hate that keeps bringing them back into each other’s sphere. Jessie Kay has sworn off partying, men, and sex until she finds the man who will want her forever. She no longer wants to be wanted only for a good time and is working really hard at trying to make it up to her sister for all of the hassle and stress she put her through because of her behavior. She likes West a lot, but she actually thinks he hates her with how they always butt heads, so when he flirts with her out of the blue and looks her way like a starving man eyeing his next meal, she doesn’t know what to make of it or expect. But when he shows up to Harlow and Beck’s wedding with his next flavor of the two months she refuses to spend another second secretly pining for a man who doesn’t want her for anything but a one night stand. Sparks definitely fly between these two and when Beck and Harlow and Jase and Brook Lynn’s happily ever after forces West to leave his home to avoid all the lovey-dovey, he finds himself in Jessie Kay’s driveway and decides what the heck. He moves in and starts trying to convince her to be his next two month romance, but he comes to realize rather quickly she wants nothing to do with having a one night stand or a two month relationship, she wants it all or nothing. When his prospective girlfriend threatens Jessie Kay, West gets very protective and possessive. As the threats keep coming, they get closer and closer until he finally explains his reasons for his two month thing. She understands, but she also won’t settle. I loved their story. I loved watching them clash wits against each other and the personality of Jessie Kay was so vibrant and loud; she just jumped off the page. I loved it and am happy to see all three guys find acceptance, love, forgiveness, redemption, and happiness. They all had horrible experiences in foster care, and Jace in prison, that I really wanted to see them find peace and they did. Loved it and so glad this series didn’t end with them. On to more!! YAY.
Legend of Love:  Muse of Epic Poetry - Callie - Lisa Kessler

Book two in the Muses series brings us Navy Seal, Hunter, and the psychologist, Callie. He is sent to her after a rough mission, but he has no interest in talking and getting his head examined by an "old man". When he discovers that his doctor is a beautiful female he still doesn’t want to talk about how his mission went wrong but he does want to go out on a date. Callie holds out strongly and stubbornly, but Hunter draws her in and when she discovers he is her Guardian it makes it even harder to resist his charm. As they grow closer, the Kronos Worshipers single Callie out as their next victim and it is up to Hunter to keep her safe. I enjoyed their story. The Order of Kronos is a bit weak for the bad guys. The members are part of a big oil conglomerate and yet they have to brain wash someone in order to make him fanatical enough to murder without question. They need to be more ruthless and aggressive. They come off as a bit passive compared to the strong protagonists in the story. Other than that, I enjoyed book two as much as book one. Looking forward to reading about Reed next.

I Knew You Were Trouble - Soraya Lane

Book three brings us Nate, the head of the King family, and Faith, his best friends little sister, that he swore to stay away from for all times. Even though he has had the hots for her for years, he kept his promise to his friend. When she shows up on his doorstep looking for help and a safe place to stay he knows he should say no. But when she shows him the evidence of why she needs somewhere to stay and why going to her brother is a bad idea, he can’t turn her away. Now that they are living under the same roof, their friendship heats up and even Sam can’t keep them apart. I liked their story a lot.  I enjoyed watching them grow close and get to know each other better. I do have to admit though that I think I liked Chase’s book better for emotional tension. Faith and Nate’s conflict was a bit tame, though it didn’t detract from the enjoyment of their story. It was sweet, passionate, romantic, and enjoyable. All in all, a cute and great series.

Dark Alpha's Night: A Reaper Novel (Reapers) - Donna Grant The next Reaper story was alright. I felt like they they came together quickly and once they did, it was kind of rushed. It had a novella feel to the sequence of events. It was Daire’s story so I expected and wanted more. He is the Reaper that has been following Rhi so I feel like I’ve gotten to know him the, best so for his story I wanted it more elaborate like the Dark King’s books. I wanted it to have highs and lows, passion and adventure, and more development. I did like the character of Ettie and the concept of the sword of Erith’s. What is happening to Death is adding more to the overall plot of the series and I want more from her and Cael. I did enjoy the story but it doesn’t stand out like some others in the Dark universe.  This was an enjoyable read, but because of it being Daire's story I just wanted more.  
Cowboy Take Me Away (A Texas Kings Novel) - Soraya Lane

Cowboy Take Me Away is book two in the Texas Kings series. I really liked watching Chase, a one-and-done player, work so hard to win the one girl he has loved for years but has never acknowledged even to himself. They met in college and she was the one and only girl to tell him no, and in that 'no' a strong friendship bloomed until one night after graduation, the two best friends gave into their passion, ruining their friendship. He hasn’t seen her in five years, so when she ends up being the AI sent to help him with his organic cattle endeavor he sees it as a second chance, but he isn’t sure what that second chance is or how far he wants to take things. She has loved him secretly since college and she hid her feelings very well. He never suspected even as he flirted and dated other girls all through their college career. But a consequence other than the loss of a friendship happened the night they gave into the passion and now she doesn’t know how to tell him that he is a father. When things are revealed, let’s just say it got ugly and tense. They had a lot to overcome and there were times I wasn’t sure how they would be able to move ahead and forgive past sins. I enjoyed their story. The conflict added an emotional tension to this story that kept me interested and it was hard to not read when I should have been working. I definitely liked book 2 better than book 1. I’m looking forward to Nate’s story next.

The Devil Wears Spurs - Soraya Lane

I got a taste for Soraya Lane when I read The Cowboy Stole My Heart through NetGalley so I thought to try some more. I liked what I had read and hoped for the best. Now in all honestly I only read book 1 because I wanted to read book 3 and I hate reading out of order. A youngest grandson who gambled and loses his inheritance and a down on her luck bartender who happened to be good at poker didn’t exactly catch my interest so I did go into reading it not expecting much. It was good. The middle was slow but I liked the characters and they carried the story. They were strong and real and Chloe and her back story really pulled me in.  The plot was ok, the villain was scummy, which was expected, but her dad making an appearance and Ryder (love the name btw) coming to her defense was just so delicious and added some tense moments where Ryder saw the real Chloe behind the reformed poker player. I enjoyed the story and am diving right into book two, which should show that the series definitely has appeal and so do the King brothers. Yummy cowboys, and here I’ve never really been into the cowboy type but so the King brothers are definitely appealing.

The Hotter You Burn (Original Heartbreakers) - Gena Showalter

Book two focuses on the playboy he-slut, (her phrasing for him) Beck, and Harlow Glass the school yard bully turned homeless girl who has been secretly living off the land the men now own that she lost. This one was so good. Better than book one because unlike book one Beck didn’t sleep with a sister first, he just slept with everyone else but when he sees Harlow stealing his pie from inside his home, he can’t let her get away. So he takes a page out of Jase’s playbook and hires Harlow as a freelance artist for his company. While having her work for him, he sets out to win her and she was hard to win. She knows his reputation and she knows that she can’t be a one-and-done girl on his resume of conquests. But she also can't help and see what others don’t, that he is just as scared as she is, but where her scars are on the outside, his are all internal. I loved it. Loved their story. Loved returning to Strawberry Valley and seeing how Jase and Brook Lynn are doing. These guys are so scarred and it takes a special kind of woman to win them for keeps. Great story.

Judgment Road - Christine Feehan

The first book in the new series that spins off Sea Haven and Sisters of the Heart focus on Czar's motorcycle club members.  This book focuses on Reaper, one of Czar's enforcers.  Reaper has not known compassion and knows that he is too damaged to ever find what Czar and Blythe have together and when he sees Anya, he knows that he has to get rid of her before he does something he will regret.  Anya is running from some very unpleasant people who murdered her roommate. She knows she doesn't fit in with the biker crowd but she starts to feel safe in Casper and from the moment she set eyes on Reaper, she knew he was the one for her.  When she over hears him demand that Czar fire her and the nasty things he calls her, she realizes that he is the cold and cruel man that he portrays.  Reaper comes to her aid after some drunk bikers corner her in the parking lot of their bar and from that moment on he knew he couldn't let her go, even though he knows he can't give her what she deserves. Their love affair had highs and lows, intense moments, and when he is forced to watch as she is interrogated by his brothers he knows that he could very well lose her forever.  The scene where she is interrogated was so intense and emotional. The after path was poignant and perfect.  Their whole story was great, I had to go back and re-read several scenes they were so good.  Loved it and hate that I now I have to wait for the next one.  I am so happy to return to Sea Haven and I want more!

Maybe This Time: A Whiskey and Weddings Novel - Nicole Perkins McLaughlin This is the second book by this author I have read and it was quite enjoyable. The characters were cool, the plot was entertaining, and the conflict strong. They have secretly liked the other since high school and twelve years later he is her boss. Now since high school, she has had a chip on her shoulder towards him, too. She overheard him say some nasty stuff when they were in school and she hasn’t forgotten it or let him have one peaceful moment. She is feisty, and likes to give him a hard time all the time. He has liked her for years but now that he is her boss he tries to keep his distance and their back and forth verbal spats don’t make it easy. But when he sees her with a rival bar owner, he can’t sit by silently any longer. Their chemistry was fiery, which isn’t surprising based on their back and forth verbal fighting. She is so insecure in why he might actually like her and her defense mechanism is to push away. They were sweet to watch work through their struggles and come to terms with their love for each other. It was an enjoyable story.
In the Midnight Hour: A Contemporary Romance (Flatiron Five) - Deborah Cooke

Book three in the Flatiron Five series was passionate, with a well developed plot and great characters. Book 2, Addicted to Love, is definitely still my favorite in the series, but this one is a close second. Haley is the perfect partner for Damon and Damon has demons that need to be faced before he can find his happy ever after. Damon’s mom is dying of cancer and he hasn’t told his partners at F5 any of what he has been dealing with alone for months. They think that he has a girlfriend that he sees every Friday when in fact he is at the hospital with his mom. Haley is a nurse interested in therapeutic methods that don’t require medications and has heard that every Friday Damon gives his ailing mom a massage and it seems to help her more than the medications. She wants to see for herself, and possibly, ask him some questions about his methods. What she doesn’t expect is for him to offer to teach her. He doesn’t expect the prim little nurse to actually take him up on his offer, but when she does he is intrigued. Their relationship was hot from the start and I really like how the characters in this book, and in book 2, were honest and straightforward. They didn’t play games. They didn’t say one thing but mean another. Haley was straight up honest with Damon and it was that which pulled him in, just like Lauren and Kyle. Loved it and am definitely now looking forward to more in this series. So good.

A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

Addicted to Love (Flatiron Five Book 2) - Deborah Cooke

I almost didn’t read this one. Didn’t particularly like book one, Simply Irrisitable, so I wasn’t in a rush to try more. Man am I glad I went back and tried it. Loved every second of it. It has the kind of character development rarely seen in romance novels. Everything happens within a few days, maybe a week or two, but this one started twelve years ago when they first met, then flash-forward to present day and he is her brother’s best friend, their past is a secret, she is married and he is the bearer of bad news. From that moment on it is a slow burn and a strong build up to a great relationship. It spans months and Cooke does it seamlessly with no dull parts. It was great. I loved the slow build. I loved that Kyle had to work for it and that Lauren refused to settle. The progression of the book was great and the conflicts were strong. I loved how Lauren set her cheating ex-husband straight in front of a group of strangers, and I love how Kyle grew from a man who wanted nothing but one night stands, to one who wanted forever and how he grew as a character. There isn't anything I didn’t like about this book.

Stroke of Midnight: A Midnight Breed Novella (1001 Dark Nights) - Lara Adrian

This novella was fast, but I liked the added adventure that broke it up a bit. Both characters went into it not wanting anything from the other except distance while they fulfilled their family obligations. But once alone with no distractions, things heat up and when he comes to know how strong and selfless she truly is he can’t help but see her with new eyes and want what he never thought would be his. When he risks his life to save her and how he was so willing to help her with her humanitarian aid, she saw him for who he truly was and couldn’t help but want the fairy tale too. It was a fun story. It is a novella so it was rushed and they didn’t know each other before they met up in the story so the rushed factor did make it less believable, but no less entertaining.

A Taste of Midnight - Lara Adrian

Super short story. I had to go backwards in the series to catch it, so it was interesting hearing about what was happening in Boston with Chase gone rogue while knowing how everything ended up playing out later down the road. Not sure how I missed this one but glad to have read it. It was super fast. What helped with the rushed novella feeling was the fact that they have known each other for hundreds of years, but she ended up bonding with his best friend and they lost touch. Now she is a widow with a son and runs back into Malcolm unexpectedly and things rekindle. I enjoyed it. Didn’t mind the rushed feeling with the back story to help make things make sense.

Wyvern's Outlaw - Deborah Cooke

I really liked this one in the series. Ryke and Anguissa intrigued me when they showed up in Thalina’s book, Wyvern's Warrior, so I looked forward to their story. It didn’t disappoint. It was action filled, passionate, and had strong characters. Loved every moment of their story, though I did want more from the ending. That happened way too fast for my taste.  It definitely could have been drawn out more. Other than that, loved it.

A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and my comments here are my honest opinion.

When the Stars Come Out: A Cottonbloom Novel - Laura Trentham

Willa has been on the run for years and she has lost the ability to trust anyone. Jackson is a quite reflective sort of man who doesn’t share or show his feelings that often and for the past two years hasn’t seen what has been right under his nose, Willa, but when she hints at the need to move on all of a sudden he sees her and wants her. Willa has had a crush on Jackson all two years she has worked in his family's garage, but when he suddenly sees her, she realizes her façade that helped her disappear in a crowd is gone. Jackson doesn’t want her to leave and starts to get to know that her life has been rough and in order to win her trust he has to work extra hard to show her that he is one of the good guys. I enjoyed watching them grow closer, fall in love, and learn to open up to each other. Willa wasn’t the only one who needed to learn to trust. I have been trying out more contemporary romances lately and I am finding them refreshing. I enjoyed this small town romance that was passionate enough and with enough edge to it that it didn’t fall into the "Hallmark/Lifetime romance category, which I don’t like. Willa’s past experiences gave it an edginess and a dark undertone that made it both sweet and real, but not rose-colored-glasses sweet. I enjoyed it. I want more from the Abbot brothers for sure.