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Off the Grid
Monica McCarty
Night Angel - Lisa Kessler

A short, entertaining story that was a bit rushed but still good.  I haven't read any in this series yet, but the concept does sound interesting with classic vampire story traits plus other mythology story traits thrown in, too.  I enjoyed the characters and the plot.  The conflict wasn’t too complicated and wasn’t over done.  This was a novella, so it does have some of those rushed traits, but overall a quick and enjoyable story.

Ignite (Dark Kings #15) - Donna Grant

Oh, things have heated up!!! The battle is literally around the corner and this one ends on a cliffhanger or sorts.  V has his sword back, but he has lost the ability to wield its magic.  Claire has kept a secret since moving with her best friend Sophie to Deeagan; she remembers everything from the battle against the Dark Fae, including the Dragon Kings, but she keeps the secrets and pretends to not remember any of it, afraid they will take her memories away.  V and Claire spend more and more time together, the Dragon Kings get together to play matchmakers for once, and the love that blooms is sweet and magical.  There are some major surprises in this one that I will not divulge. This one was just as good as all of the rest.  No major battles in this one, more like building for the big one against the Queen of the Light, which will hopefully happen in the next book, no major drama or struggles for the couple to overcome or survive, so this one is kind of like the calm before the storm.  So good and can't wait for more.

American Witch - Thea Harrison

This was so good. It had action, passion, strong characters and the story wasn’t rushed at all. It happened slowly and the characters took their time, which was nice. Now the book itself was a fast read; I had a hard time putting it down. The conflict was strong and well developed. It takes place in the Elder Races universe, but I don't know if this is going to be a spinoff series, or if this is a stand alone story.  I hope there will be more books because I want more from Josiah and Molly and I want them to kick more butt and defeat the villain.

Pirate's Pleasure (Sentinels of Savannah #3) - Lisa Kessler

Another fun book in the series.  The characters are getting more interesting as we see them go on one adventure after another. This one sees John Symth fall for his wild and free spirited broker, turned thief. Harmony is part of the secret internet hackers' group, Digi Robins, and she has gotten in over her head with Pandora’s Box. John and Harmony set out to trick the Serpent Society into accepting a forgery, Agent Bale tries to save a descendant from poor choices, and love wins another pirate over.  I enjoyed their story and look forward to more.

Pirate's Passion - Lisa Kessler

Book two was so much fun.  Full of adventure, passion, a bit of backstory for each character, giving them dimension, and a plot that was entertaining and enjoyable.  I look forward to more and loved a glimpse of Aren and Sasha from Hunter's Moon book 2 in the Moon series. It is cool how Kessler is merging the two series a bit and hope there is some more cross-series mingling to come.

Guarding Gwen - Cynthia Eden

Passion. Tension. Crazy stalkers. Childhood sweethearts. A great plot and exciting conflict and a plot twist. Who really is the stalker and what is the real motive? Can they pretend the past didn’t happen and keep things professional?  Absolutely not. Second chances don’t come around that often and Simon walked away from the love of his life thinking he had nothing to offer her, but when she walks back into his life and is in danger, he won’t stop until she is safe and his once again. I loved it. It was fast paced, steamy, explosive and had great characters and a great development of the relationship between the two. I loved it. So good. Excited to see what else is in store for this series; books 1 and 2 ended up being majorly explosive and I hope book three with Ben turns out to be just as great.

No Other Duke But You - Valerie Bowman

I really had a hard time getting into this plot and involved with the two main characters. The antagonist was strong, hated the mother and how she treated her daughter, but other than that I found it hard to stay interested in this book. I’m not sure why I didn’t particularly connect with the plot or what it was about the characters that I didn’t like, but this wasn’t my favorite Bowman book. The Duke of Huntley has loved her since they were kids, she is utterly unaware of his feelings or that they should get together as a couple till near the end.  She was very ignorant, and maybe that is why I didn’t particularly like her as the female lead; how could she not see what was right in front of her? He didn’t hide his affection towards her. He, also, waited for her, never had any dalliances while away at college, never kept a mistress, and in that era I found that hard to believe. I think if they were both ignorant of the love they had for each other would have added some tension to the budding relationship. I think if she had to chase him a little or get very close to losing him for good, that would have also added to the story and made it more interesting. Overall, I didn’t like this story, I don’t think it is a bad story, I just didn’t connect with it at all.  If you have read a lot of Valerie Bowman, then you will probably enjoy this one, they are two characters that have been around for a while, but this one just wasn’t for me.

When a Duchess Says I Do (Rogues to Riches #2) - Grace Burrowes

Book two in the new series finds us with the cousin who was in charge of teaching Stephen in book 1. He was a reclusive character that clearly had a troubled past.  He now finds himself in charge of an estate he wants nothing to do with because of Quinn's wife's, Jane, need to take care of everyone.  They think by giving him something to be responsible for, he will settle down and be happy.  He hates the responsibility and wants to travel, not settle down. He just has to last 1 year with the estate and he will then be free once again to wander. He doesn't expect to be threatened in his own woods by poachers or be rescued by a wisp of the woman who clearly is need of help and several good meals. Matilda is on the run and in hiding from her fiance and father.  She needs to keep moving, but Duncan's offer of wages, a roof, and regular meals is hard to pass up, especially with winter setting in.  During the course of her stay, secrets are revealed, passions flair, and unlikely love blooms.  Their story was enjoyable. Duncan was an interesting character and I enjoyed watching him win over Matilda.  The plot was slow at times, but I did like this book better than book 1, My One and Only Duke, which I had a hard time connecting with. Overall, enjoyable, and I definitely am looking forward to Stephen's book. His character fascinates me and I look forward to his story.

Vengeance Road (Torpedo Ink #2) - Christine Feehan

Book two in the new spin off series that follows Sea Haven and Sisters of the Heart follows Steele, the VP of the motorcycle club Torpedo Ink.  When Breezy walks into his clubhouse and leaves a letter letting him know that the Swords are out for vengeance and that he has a son they are holding for ransom, he is both furious and opportunistic.  He wants Breezy back. Three years ago, he said some really nasty stuff to push her away, and it worked, he did it to protect her, but now that she is back in his life he isn't going to let her walk away again. He does have a very hard road ahead of him to prove to her that what he had said three years ago, he didn't mean; and oh yeah, the fact that when she walked into the clubhouse to give him the letter, he had to climb from under three naked women and he was naked too, well needless to say, he had a lot of explaining to do. Their story was intense, rough, and both had issues that needed to be addressed.  He is very much like Reaper was with Anya (he didn't want to budge on anything and Breezy was supposed to accept him as is with no concessions).  That was the only thing I didn't like about the story; with her abusive background, I think he should have been a bit more flexible. I hope some of the other guys in the MC turn out to be a bit more flexible and not as hard core as they all seem to be.  I need a bit a variety with the character development. If they end up being the same MO - rough, hard-core, no bending men and soft, flexible, women, this series will get old fast... And I love all things Sea Haven, so I am keeping my hopes up. All and all, I did enjoy their story, and I loved going back to Sea Haven.

Wicked and the Wallflower - Sarah MacLean

This was a very enjoyable story. I liked the characters, the plot, and the conflict. Great mix of passion, emotional tension, and character development. Loved every second. Devil and his siblings are definitely intriguing and I am excited for the other stories coming in this series. Felicity was a great mix of spirit and vulnerability, yet with the pickpocket skills, made her intriguing and a perfect match for Devil. 

The Governess (Wicked Wallflowers #3) - Christi Caldwell

Oh, I so looked forward to Broderick’s story and that it was with Regina, a woman he never truly saw till it was almost too late, made it priceless and perfect and so romantic.  I loved their relationship, their story, their highs and lows, and everything about the story.  Broderick has tried to marry his sisters off since book one, in the misguided guise of finding them protection, though they believe (and he let them believe) it is to earn him a connection to the ton. Now, it is his turn, though it does start off with him trying to marry Gertrude off to someone in the ton, he quickly comes to realize, thanks to Regina, that he can't ruin his sister's chance at finding real happiness. I loved the story, start to finish; the only native was I wish there had been an epilogue.  I wanted more from them. :-)  Great story and I can’t wait till Gertrude’s story next.

It's Getting Scot in Here (Wild Wicked Highlanders) - Suzanne Enoch

This one was slow to start and took a while to grab and keep my attention, but about 50% into it and I had a hard time putting it down.  The moment she tells Coll no, (not going to spoil anything) and Niall is there to rescue her, I became hooked.  I enjoyed the romance, hated her mother, and the relationship between Francesca and her boys, I found to be the most compelling part of the story. I loved their development and interactions and I hope by the end of the series, she has her family back and whole. Loved it and can't wait for the other books in this new series.

Sapphire Flame (Flame #7) - Caris Roane

This one was a lot longer than others in the series so it had a slower pace and no rushed feeling. Same concept and character development as the others in the series have had so there were no surprises. Great conflict and good characters. I enjoyed it, but would have liked a bit more emotional tension between the two main characters and their main obstacle which was of being different species. I think that would have added to the plot. Overall enjoyable, though, and continue to enjoy the series.

Protecting Piper - Cynthia Eden

This one was a suspenseful thriller with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing as to who the stalker is and passion and tension to keep you wanting to know whether Piper and Eric would end up having a happily ever after. Eric was a jerk to her their whole lives and all of a sudden he is no longer hiding his desire for her. When her life is jeopardized by a violent stalker Eric says enough is enough, his baby brother isn’t "popping the question" and he is tired of pushing her away. She has always been the only one for him and he is now ready to fight to win her and to prove to her his jerk-like ways were only a façade to hide his real feelings. I enjoyed their story a lot and the action and suspense was great.

Duke are Forever - Bec McMaster

OMG!! Such an awesome conclusion to an awesome series.  It was perfect.  It was priceless.  It was romantic and passionate.  It was full of action and suspense, and the whole crew played a role in the finale.  Loved. Every. Second.  I almost don’t want to write a review because I don’t want to ruin anything; if you have been following along in the London Steampunk world.  If you haven't, where have you been and you need to go and read Kiss of Steel. The series is definitely in my top 5 all time favorite series. Malloryn and Adele are great and the way everything comes together was just plain perfect.  I highly recommend the series if you like strong characters, interesting and complex plots and setting, passionate love stories, and Steampunk. (And if you don’t like Steampunk or never heard of it, then start with this series… it is where I was introduced to the genre and it is just awesome). Ok, I’m done, not going to say anything about the plot and conflict and the build up of the relationship because I want to leave it for you all to discover and fall in love with.

Atlantis Awakening - Alyssa Day

Book two brings us a witch, Erin, and the King's Vengeance, Ven, (who by the way hates witches- surprise, surprise). The moment Ven meets her, and then rescues her from some evil witches, the action and passion are a go and the story is fast paced and fun. The two main characters work well together and Ven is intense when it comes to her and his reaction to her.  The plot has some surprises and Quinn and Alaric have a moment (YAY). Daniel plays a pivotal role again in book two (can’t wait to reread his book), and Riley is pregnant and there are complications, so the story is full of twists, turns, passion, and true love comes to life.  I loved rereading this book as part of the ARC team. Alyssa Day’s rereleasing of this favorite series is great and returning to the world of Atlantis is a joy.