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The Good, the Bad, and the Duke
Janna MacGregor
My One and Only Duke - Grace Burrowes

I had a difficult time connecting with the two main characters. I’m not sure what exactly it is about the two characters that I didn’t connect with, but I struggled to keep up with them and their adventure. The plot was entertaining but I have liked other Grace Burrowes a lot more than this one. I had a hard time getting engrossed in the plot and conflict, though I really did enjoy how the conflict was resolved. I’m glad he got a happily ever after and that she finally stood up to her father. I will read more in this series, I just think I didn’t click with the characters and that hindered my enjoyment of the story. It isn’t a bad story; the plot is good, just not my favorite.

One Hot Summer Night - Deborah Cooke

This wasn't my favorite in the series. I had a hard time connecting with the plot concept. What Gabe did 7 or 9 years ago was noble, but in the end, he was married and had a fling with Lexi. It was a bold concept for a Deborah to tackle and I certainly commend her for breaking barriers; however, with my own past experiences, I couldn’t get behind this love story.  It does end well for all parties and Gabe and his wife Daphne definitely didn’t have a real marriage, but marriage is marriage. I’m also shocked at how calm Gabe was when he discovers Lexi’s big secret that concerns how they met the first time 14 years earlier. How can he be so calm about it? I’m trying not to give any details away, there are some doozies in this one. I liked Gabe and Lexi, it is just how he wasn’t honest up front with her when they get together until after the fact that I found to be messed up. He should have been honest and things should have been resolved before they took things to the next step.

To Catch a Rogue - Bec McMaster

Oh, so good. Man, Russia was intense and Lark’s back story was so well developed. So much drama. So much depth. So much action. Loved. Every. Second. Of. It. Lark and Charlie have been around since book one in the original London Steampunk series. Charlie is Honoria’s brother who Blade helps deal with the craving virus. Lark showed up with Tin Man very early on and Charlie and Lark have been inseparable ever since. They grew up together and when Tim Man is killed Charlie leaves Lark behind and she hasn’t forgiven him in the years since the revolution. But they are brought back together finally because Charlie is part of the Company of Rogues and he needs Lark’s expertise to rescue Malloryn from the enemy’s hands. What he doesn’t understand is that by asking her to go to Russia literally puts her life in danger and brings to light all of the secrets she has been hiding her whole life. I loved their story. I loved Lark’s background story and how it connects to Obsidian. So good. I want her brother Nicholi to have his own story and I am SO ready for Malloryn’s story too. I read the teaser at the end of this story and his story is next. YAY. So good. So intense. So awesome.

Kiss Me at Christmas - Valerie Bowman

This was a cute holiday story with adventure, a kidnapping, an indecent proposal, love and hope, and two characters that are strong on their own but unstoppable together. I liked the story. The romance was good; the passion and emotional tension was great. I liked Daffin and Regina a lot. They were strong characters and I enjoyed their interactions with each other and I’m glad that they got their happily ever after.

Broken Angel - Cynthia Eden

Lila is on the run from the Lord of the Dark and he has sent his best and most violent hunter after her. Rayce has known from the moment he helped rescue her from a mad man that she was his and so he has been hunting for her ever since she ran from him. But he has now found her and where he finds her shocks him, and the why she is in a seedy black market bar makes him angry at the state she has found herself in. All he wants to do is protect her, but she keeps running from him but when a new player comes to the fore with very clear agenda where Lila is concerned Rayce refuses to keep chasing her. Their story was enjoyable.  There was plenty of action and passion and the emotional tension between a very Dark paranormal and one who should be nothing but Light made for an enjoyable love story. I do hope that Rayce and Luke Thorn work things out though. They are family and Luke was simply working his strings behind the scenes in order to bring them together. I look forward to the next installment.

A True Cowboy Christmas - Caitlin Crews

This one was hard to stick with. It was slow and the characters had some hang ups that I thought dragged it down some. She was quick to believe everything was wrong with her and that everyone thought the worst of her, yet they never actually did. I liked the concept, the passion was good, but the plot was slow. The culmination of the conflict at the end was great; it had strong emotional tension and angst, but his role reversal from I can’t love you to I love you seemed a bit extreme. I’m glad he had an epiphany about what he actually wanted from his life, but I think he was so stubborn about it for much too long. Overall I had a hard time wanting to keep with the story but I am glad that Abby got her happily ever after and her Christmas.  

First Earl I See Tonight - Anna Bennett

I liked the characters in this one a lot. Gray and Fiona were great together. His blend of cold distance and the inability to trust, and her openly selflessness and compassion work great together to make for a wonderful love story. I’m glad Gray found a way to open up and love again and I liked Fiona’s spirited and determined drive to win Gray over. She was bold and didn’t give up. The plot was strong, the conflict believable (and sad being who the bad guy ends up being), and the passion and emotional tension all roll up into a great story. It is an easy read; easy to fall in love with and the characters are well drawn and captivating. I do recommend it, though I did skip a lot of the journal entries because I wanted to get back to the interactions between the characters, the series has great potential and I want more.

Dragonfire - Donna Grant

The next book gives us more and more about the new threat that is worse than the Fae, Mikkle, or Ulrik. They know that both Light and Dark Fae teamed up with both Mie and Drough Druids to take them down, but what they don’t know is why or how far they will go. In this one, we start to see the great lengths and for how long this new threat has gone to to bring the Dragon King’s down. Along the way, Donna Grant, I swear, is dropping more and more hints about who might be Rhi’s Dragon King, but I don’t know if I can believe what I think or is she is just trying to throw the reader off. Time will tell! Roman and Sabina’s story was just as entertaining and exciting as all the other DK books. I liked watching the interactions between Con and Ulrik, and Ulrik and Eilish both play roles in Roman and Sabina’s adventure. It was fun, passionate, intriguing, and the plot just keeps getting more complex and more dynamic. The scope that the Dark Universe has taken is just amazing to think that it all came from one woman’s imagination. So cool. And so good.

Darkness Surrendered (Order of the Blade #3) - Stephanie Rowe

Elijah is a tormented warrior who has lost his mind and is being used by Ezekiel to destroy his friends and teammates. At the end of book 2, he is buried alive and left by his teammates and friends, so when this one opens up it is right where the series left off. Ana is searching for her mate, who she knows has survived, and when they unearth him he is not the same man who sacrificed himself to try and save her in book 1. Their story is a tormented one. She represents all of his nightmares and he knows that he is one slip away from total and complete madness so he tries to keep his distance. She knows it is her fault he is as tortured as he is and it was her fault that he was killed, revived, captured, and tortured in order to be used as a weapon against the Order. All she wants is to give him his life back; she knows she doesn’t deserve anything else, so she tries to keep her distance. It doesn’t help either of them that her touch is the only thing that keeps his demons from coming back. While they struggle with the mixed emotions they bring out in each other, they are trying to find a way to kill their enemy. This one is action packed just like the previous two books.  The action was good. The emotional tension was good and the plot was strong. I did feel like at a certain part it did seem to drag a bit but overall enjoyable and entertaining. The bad guy is epic in this one. The final battle was well written and great. I enjoyed it. However, I think book 2 is my favorite so far.

Darkness Seduced - Stephanie Rowe

The second book is jam-packed with action, passion,  and suspense. I loved the characters and the plot, it was fast-paced and entertaining.  This series gets going quickly, the author didn't waste anytime with releasing their major enemy.  Book two, has the heroes racing against time to stop Ezekiel from rising and fighting off Frank, who was introduced in book one. I don't want to drop any spoilers but know that, unlike other series where the author waits until 5+ books in before the big-dog baddie is released, Rowe doesn't, which is AWESOME.  She isn't dragging it out, she is just getting down to it, which is refreshing. Gideon and Lily are great together and they try really hard to fight their fate but in the end, their love is too strong to ignore. I loved it a lot, great story.

Legacy of Danger - Jillian David

The next installment was good and entertaining, though I think it was not my favorite in the series.  The adventure continues and the darkness is becoming more and more bold. Wyatt Bland has set his sight on Mariah and he won’t take no for an answer. When Vaughn steps in to save her at the hospital from Wyatt’s aggressive overtures, it starts the ball rolling on their adventure, and it is very rocky.  Vaughn isn’t great with words, and he carries around so much guilt that he doesn’t believe he deserves a woman like Mariah, but his powers become a bit obsessive when it comes to protecting her and he can’t seem to walk away.  Mariah has been through hell, and now that she is in Copper Valley, she is working off her medical school loans and working on dealing with her own demons. So when a tortured Vaughn sweeps into town with his hot and cold moods, she knows she shouldn’t get involved with him, but she can’t seem to stop from being drawn to him. Story was good, there was some emotional tension, the plot flowed well, and the conflict was believable.  I think I preferred book 2, Eric and Shelby’s story more, but I am glad the missing brother has returned home and is back with his family on the ranch.

Adam -  Jennifer Ashley

This was a very entertaining story about a stuntman who is seriously injured and goes home to recuperate and finds the bookworm that helped him graduate high school and who he had a quick fling with has grown up into a spirited and confident woman with her own scars.  She is the only one he can turn to to help him over come his PTSD in order to reclaim his life, but the more time he spends with her, the less he wants to return to the Hollywood life he left behind in a flaming wreck.

Bailey has been burned before.  She left her high end Austin lifestyle and her excheating husband to torture to her home town to lick her wounds and move on.  What she finds is a reason to be happy and get out of bed, working on the Campbell ranch training stunt horses and learning how to do stunts herself.  What she doesn’t expect is her high school crush and very brief lover, Adam, to come back ten years later and jeopardize what she has built with his charming smiles and smoldering looks. She tries to keep her distance but when he comes to her one night and begs her to help him overcome his fears and panic attacks in order to beat an old high school rival, she can’t help but agree. What happens next is sure to shake up her life and break her heart, again, when he goes back to his LA life.

I enjoyed the story.  It was fast, well-paced, had a good emotional struggle that pulled the reader into the plot, and the characters are well developed and entertaining.  I enjoyed watching Adam work to win Bailey back, beat he fears, and in the end prove to Bailey that she is more important to him then any sort of Hollywood lifestyle and that he will not walk away from her a second time.  Fun story, sexy cowboys, action and suspense that kept me turning the pages, and great passion.  Will definitely pick up more in this series.

Spring Fever - Deborah Cooke

This one was such a sweet, small town kind of romance about a woman finding the courage to open up again after an abusive past to the right man, and the right man knowing the perfect way to prove to her he isn’t like her past.  I enjoyed it a lot, I liked how it ended, there were no loose ends and the story was sweet and paced well.  It is on the shorter side but not too short so the story does not come across rushed.  They still come across as taking their time and getting to know each other even while steaming up the pages. I really liked Reyna, her retro style, her confidence while still showing a vulnerable side, and the fact that she is tattooed (got to love a fellow tattooed woman playing the romantic lead). I loved her. Kade was such a perfect match for her, kind strong, confident yet unafraid of her take charge type of style. He saw from the very start that her rules and style were all part of her armor and it didn’t deter him from wanting her.  He was perfect.  I think I liked book one a bit more but I think it might just have been that when that one ended I wasn’t ready and wanted more.  This one ended in a way that was perfect and left me satisfied

Going to the Chapel - Deborah Cooke

This was a fun and fast glimpse of what happened after the last page of all of the prior books in the series. I loved watching the weddings of Cassie and Damon, and the birth of Amy and Ty's son.  It was very enjoyable and sweet.  Loved it.

Nimue's Gift - Deborah Cooke

Two chapters overflowing with so much change, foreshadowing of events to come, hints of the Pyr coming to join the Incendium dragons, and just so much more! This is one of the few novella’s in this series that definitely had to happen as a stand alone story.  Being it is so short, the review will also be short because I am not going to give anything away; but know this, the Incendium series is about to get even more intense!

In Mood Fur Love - Kate Baxter, Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden

The first one was enjoyable. The pace was good until the very end. Once Vlad is dead and they wake up back at his parents place, the relationship that started out steady and authentic rushed like the author had to suddenly end the story. It was like the moment she was safe her personality completely changed and she became more aggressive. She came on strong and he just followed, where for most of the book, he was the aggressor and she followed. I got the feeling that the author had to suddenly end the story and in a blink she did. I would have preferred him to be the one to make the final move once she was safe. The role reversal made the whole story kind of lose it for me. And I don’t understand the whole tranquilizer part at the end on the roof. Why did her grandpa want both of them shot with tranquilizers when the danger was over? It didn't make much sense at that point and to the end.  Other than that, it was good.

Book 2 was quick. It moved fast and definitely had a middle of a series vibe.  It also has a novella feel to it, but the concept and conflict were good.  The character development was good, though some things were clearly already established prior to page one.  I liked it but I would have liked a bit more build up and a few things explained more.  I didn’t realize she knew about shifters from the beginning, so I wasn’t sure how that was going to play out. The reader definitely needs to go in knowing some things which made it hard to fall in love with, because I did feel like I was missing out on some important information.

Book three in the anthology I think was my favorite of the three.  It hadz strong characters, an entertaining plot, the conflict was believable and carried the story.  They definitely had some emotional tension to work out before they could have a happily ever after.  Their chemistry was strong and well developed and there was plenty of passion. Overall, best of the three stories all the way around and enjoyable.