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LIAR’S GUIDE TO TRUE LOVE by Wendy Chen

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LIAR’S GUIDE TO TRUE LOVE by Wendy ChenLiar's Guide to True Love by Wendy Chen
Published by Carina Press Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Melissa

Little white lies that lead to bigger lies, that’s how wedding coordinator Cassandra Hanley self destructs her personal relationships. She always tries to please people, which lead to these problems. Then she meets Nick and even though she’s made promises to herself not to fall back into her old ways, it doesn’t work out. Nick makes it clear he hates weddings and before she knows it she’s told him she works as an advertising executive. Now it’s taking more and more lies to cover up her first lie. And if things were getting confusing enough, her college sweetheart Kevin wants her to give him another chance. It’s only a matter of time before all the cards come crashing down on her.

 

Liar’s Guide to True Love is one turn after another. Cassandra is a flawed heroine that will both frustrate you and make you love her. Funny and romantic, Wendy Chen has penned a light hearted romance that readers will love. What a great way to spend an afternoon!

DECEIVING THE WITCH NEXT DOOR by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

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DECEIVING THE WITCH NEXT DOOR by Melissa Bourbon RamirezDeceiving the Witch Next Door by Melissa Bourbon Ramirez
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on 2012-07-20
Pages: 208
Reviewed by Jo

Storie Bell left Bloomington, Texas never expecting to return and at that moment in time never wanting to.  Part of the problem is that Storie is a witch, yes a real witch, and she can’t always hide that fact so the residents of Bloomington are beginning to believe that Storie is crazy.  The only good thing about her life in Bloomington was her last night there and a brief encounter with a Reid Malone.

Reid Malone would like nothing better than to shake the dust of Bloomington off his shoes, but circumstances with his father who still lives there has him coming back again and again.  Reid now is a very wealthy man with companies to control, and yet because of a deal his father made which can’t be finalized until a missing part is been located has Reid back one more time and this time to his surprise, Storie is back and moving into the very place he needs to search. 

Storie is amazed to see Reid in the bar next door to her new restaurant/bookstore, even if his father owns it.  Even more surprising is the fact he ends up working as her handyman to get them ready for their grand opening.  Storie knows there is something odd about Reid and his reasoning for helping out, but she has worries of her own.  Her powers are on the fritz and it is affecting her in more ways than one.  Reid knows he is being underhanded, even if he is helping out.  The feelings he has for Storie are not helping his situation either.  As the date of the grand opening comes closer and closer, so do Reid and Storie.  But when the truth about what Reid is looking for and why comes to light it all but ends any budding romance between them.  On top of that is a huge piece of her past is given to Storie, one that might make her leave Bloomington for a final time never to return – unless the love between Storie and Reid is enough to fight against an extreme power.

One small town, a bit of magic and a night two people can’t forget all combine with a bang in Deceiving the Witch Next Door.  After seeing the encounter that Storie and Reid had one night, I wasn’t at all surprised that they couldn’t forget it.  I was amused to see how they both wanted to address it when they met again so many years later and yet didn’t.  The fact that they seemed constantly on the edge of combustion every time they were in the room together was also not a surprise.  While I enjoyed the plot of the story, for some reason I could not bring Storie and Reid into the realm of real-life characters, which took away large parts of the attraction for me.  I did enjoy how Storie and Reid, with a little help, fought for their right to learn just where the sparks of their love could take them.  Deceiving the Witch Next Door is filled with magic and passionate sparks just waiting to explode off the pages as each is turned.

WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa Mayhue

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WARRIOR REBORN by Melissa MayhueWarrior Reborn by Melissa Mayhue
Series: Warrior #3
Published by Pocket, Simon and Schuster on 2012-10-30
Genres: Historical, Paranormal, Time Travel
Pages: 339
Reviewed by Vanessa

Award-winning author Melissa Mayhue delivers once more with her second enchanting novel of the MacDowylt clan, featuring a captive Scottish seer who awaits the man from her visions to rescue—and love—her. . . . Former special ops agent CHASE NOBLE has been searching his whole life for the place where he belongs. As a descendant of Fae, he senses fate has more in store for him. And he will not rest until he discovers what his true purpose is. When he travels back in time to medieval Scotland, he discovers his mission is to save a beautiful woman—the same woman he is destined to be with. CHRISTIANA MACDOWYLT possesses the gift of foresight. Prisoner of her evil half brother, Christiana has visions that show her that only one warrior can rescue her—a man she is mysteriously drawn to. The only problem is, he’s in the future. Now she must rely on the magic of a fairy to transport him to the past. And when Christiana finally meets Chase, the sparks between them set off a smoldering desire. But will the magic that brought them together also tear them apart?

Chase Noble, a soldier from the present, has been searching for a place to belong his whole life.  Only how was Chase to know that his place in this world is in the past?  Since he is part Fae when he is whisked back in time several hundred years, he is not too shocked.  Chase determines to find out why he was sent to the past and if it was where he was meant to be all along.

Christiana MacDowylt has a gift for seeing things that her evil half-brother, Torquil, uses for his benefit.  Seeing that there is an option to gain her freedom, she forgoes rescue by her other siblings.  Christiana can only be rescued by one man—one that she is drawn to and holds so much power in his hands.  Can Christiana be clever enough to trick Torquil in having the wolf in sheep’s clothing in his service, or will her scheme be discovered?  Will Chase be able to rescue Christiana and have what he has desired and sought his entire life?

Warrior Reborn is an engrossing time travel romance that mystified and bedeviled from the beginning.  It is the continuing saga of the Daughters of the Glen series and it explores their lives more fully.  I was eager to see an end to the villain from the last book in the series that I ventured through with Melissa Mayhue.

Warrior Reborn had some clever thoughts coming from Christiana and it was nice to see a heroine that could hold her own against most adversaries.  I truly felt that while Chase and Christiana belonged together, if she could have found another path to save the day, she would have taken it as well.  Who doesn’t like to see a female pull the wool over another character’s eyes a few times?

For the most part, you can’t go wrong with a Melissa Mayhue book if you are looking for some good old fashioned paranormal entertainment, and Warrior Reborn is no exception.

WHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda Novak

WHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda Novak

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WHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda NovakWhen Summer Comes by Brenda Novak
Series: Whiskey Creek
Published by Mira on 2013-01-29
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 400
Reviewed by Melissa

Welcome to Whiskey Creek— Heart of the Gold Country!One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news…She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren't good.Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents' farm. She's always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn't been worked in years and she begins to fear she can't manage it, that she'll have to return to town.One night, a stranger comes knocking at her door…He's an attractive and mysterious drifter by the name of Levi McCloud, and he offers to trade work for a few nights' shelter. Callie figures she doesn't have anything to lose. He needs a place to stay until he can fix his motorcycle; she needs an extra pair of hands. The arrangement seems ideal until what was supposed to be temporary starts to look more and more permanent. Then she realizes she does have something to lose—her heart. And, although he doesn't yet know it, Levi stands to lose even more.

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Callie Vanetta is dying; her only hope is a liver transplant. The news came as a total shock to her, so much that she’s retreated from her friends. When an injured man knocks on her door one night, she has no business being drawn to the handsome drifter. But she finds herself offering room and board for a few days of labor on her family’s farm. Levi McCloud is running from a past of heart break and grief. With trouble following him he has no business falling for Callie. Levi and Callie fight their attraction while falling in love. But living like they are on borrowed time, how long until it falls apart?

 

When you add a woman hiding from the future and a man running from the past, what do you get? A romance that has you in tears one moment and smiling with joy the next. Brenda Novak took me back to Whiskey Creek with When Summer Comes and I enjoyed every minute of it. Although Brandon from When We Touch may always be my favorite character (and I loved the glimpse into other characters lives) Levi is a close 2nd! This is one book not to be missed!

INFATUATION by Melissa Schroeder

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DEEPER THAN NEED by Shiloh Walker

DEEPER THAN NEED by Shiloh Walker

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CRAVE THE NIGHT by Lara Adrian

CRAVE THE NIGHT by Lara Adrian

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WILLING SACRIFICE by Joey W. Hill

WILLING SACRIFICE by Joey W. Hill

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A COLLAR FOR CHRISTMAS by A. E. Lawless

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