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SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

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SO OVER YOU by Kate MeaderSo Over You by Kate Meader
Series: Chicago Rebels #2
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Contemporary, Sports


 

 

I’m so in love with Isobel Chase & Vadim Petrov I feel like I might bust! I’m simply cannot stop smiling.

The Chase sisters must get their hockey team the Chicago Rebels into the playoffs if they want to hold on to the team.  Per their father’s will, if they do not get into the playoffs the team will be sold.  A key to winning is their latest acquisition Vadim Petrov.  It is Isobel’s job to get him back into fighting shape after a recent injury. There is just a tiny problem…these two have a past.

Olympic Silver Medalist Isobel Chase was set to be the best female hockey player in the world until she was sidelined by a life-threatening injury.  Now, she must settle for coaching the game she so desperately wants to play.  However, getting grown men to listen to a female coach is easier said than done.  ­Vadim Petrov is the latest roadblock on her road to a full-time coaching job.

The last person Vadim Petrov wants to help him get back up to speed on the ice is Isobel Chase.  He’s still harboring anger about the last time she entered his life and dashed his dreams. Yet, he cannot deny there is still a spark between them.  He quickly realizes she might just melt the ice wall he’s built around his heart.

Isobel and Vadim must decide whether pursuing the chemistry between them is worth possibly losing everything they hold dear.

WOW! Author Kate Meader blew me away with passion and grace in So Over You the second book in her Chicago Rebels series.

Isobel and Vadim will draw you in the second they share the page. It’s impossible to miss the angsty unresolved feelings between them.  While each would rather forget their teenage romance, it keeps rearing its head.  As they try to convince each other that they are So Over their past; it continues to pull them together.  Isobel and Vadim are both very obstinate it is fun watching their walls crumble.  If you love romances filled with scorching scenes and emotional storytelling Ms. Meader’s So Over You if for You!

So Over You really takes second chance romance to the next level by pairing it with a high stakes subplot. Everyone in the story has something riding on the outcome of the team.  I love the fact that the secondary characters play such important roles in the series.  Speaking of which, I cannot wait to learn more about Dante and his possible relationship!

So Over You is bursting with unforgettable romance that will leave you with chill bumps…the good kind.  I enjoyed the first book in the series Irresistible You so much.  I didn’t think Ms. Meader could follow that up with another story so spectacularly, but she hit the mark with So Over You.

So Over You is one of those stay up all night books that will have you wanting to start it over again when you finish.  So Over You is a Joyfully Recommended Read for December and the perfect book to wrap up 2017 with!

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. KingThe Fire Queen by Emily R. King
Series: The Hundredth Queen #2
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


 

 

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?

The Fire Queen begins where The Hundredth Queen left off with Kalinda, Deven and their people running for their lives.  The Rebel Bhuta Hastin has claimed Tarachand and hunts them searching for the powerful Zhaleh.

Kalinda and Deven are trying to find the rightful heir to the Tarachand throne Prince Ashwin before Hastin has him killed.  Kalinda soon finds herself the lynchpin in another royal plot.  She wants peace for her people and a life with the man she loves but the people around her keep getting in the way.

The Fire Queen is driven by indelible yet fallible characters, powerful imagery and overall masterful storytelling from Author Emily R. King.  I cannot get enough of this fascinating world and the characters that reside there.  Kalinda is a strong, willful person who landed in one hell of a tough situation. The choices she is forced to make are incredible and at times heartbreaking.   I am Joyfully Recommending this book to all romance readers.  It may be classified as a Young Adult, but it will resonate with adults and fantasy fans will love it!

The Fire Queen made me feel a myriad of emotions.  I always love it when characters can make me laugh, cry and yell at them.  It’s a sure sign that the book is one I will never forget.  I find myself impatiently waiting for book three The Rogue Queen! Give me more Ms. King!

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

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ELECT by Rachel Van DykenElect by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #2
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense
 
Would you die for the one you love?
Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him.Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will.
In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner . . .

Elect is the second novel in Rachel Van Dyken’s Eagle Elite series.  The story picks up after the end of the first book Elite.  Thank heavens because I was so not done with Trace and Nixon or the rest of the Elect.

Trace found herself thrown into the complex and confounding world of the Elect in book one.  Now she knows more about herself and the people she loves.  She’s also landed in quite a bit of hot water.  It’s a good thing she has two fine men to pull her out of it.

Nixon is forced to take drastic measures to protect the people he loves.  He often alienates them in the process.  As if he didn’t have enough to worry about, the looks he sees his best friend and right-hand man giving his woman have him on the edge of one hell of a precipice.

Chase is in love with his best friend’s girl.  He’s forced to stay by Trace’s side 24/7.  His honor and duty to Nixon are at war with the intense emotions Trace provokes.  He must decide whether the love of his best friend or Trace is more important. And he must decide quick because it’s likely both are going to get him killed.

A lot of readers are rolling their eyes right now because they hate triangles.  Have no fear this is not your typical triangle.  While both Nixon and Chase are in love with Trace it doesn’t become an adolescent back and forth story.  Trace is not the kind of woman to string men along.  Elect is driven by emotion and circumstance.  It’s freaking hard to get my own feelings about Elect on the page because my heart was pulled in so many directions.

While Elite was told from Trace’s point of view Elect is told from Nixon and Chase’s.  I truly enjoyed this creative format from Ms. Van Dyken.  It gives the reader a clearer look into the psyche of these characters.  It’s easy to see and feel why the characters are so conflicted about their feelings. I highly recommend you read this series in order to enjoy and understand everything going on.

I don’t want to give the major stuff away, but I will say these characters are thrust into some dangerous situations that will leave the reader breathless.

The Eagle Elite series has rapidly become one of my favorites.  This is probably the first series I’ve read that has successfully gotten the feelings of the characters across without including detailed sex scenes.  It’s not a behind closed doors series entirely.  There is sex and it’s powerful without getting very graphic. Rachel Van Dyken gives the reader so much emotion it’s not necessary for the sex to be a focal point.  I was shocked that after two books I am so in love with these characters that I don’t miss the sex.  I know there are plenty of books out there that don’t feature sex, but I was surprised because of the world the characters find themselves in.  This genre is generally known to be rated R.  Well, I can honestly say I never expected to have a detailed conversation about sex in one of my reviews.

Elect is a lust filled novel that will have your toes curling.  Action and romance never looked this good! You will want to snuggle up with the Eagle Elite all night long.  I know I did. I do think I will have to sleep before moving on to book 3, Entice.

Elect is a November Joyfully Recommended Read!

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

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ELITE by Rachel Van DykenElite by Rachel Van Dyken
Series: Eagle Elite #1
Published by Hachette Digital, Inc. Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense


For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much-but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same . . .

The students at Eagle Elite are unlike any she's ever met . . . and they refuse to make things easy for her. There's Nixon, gorgeous, irresistible, and leader of a group that everyone fears: The Elect. Their rules are simple. 1. Do not touch The Elect. 2. Do not look at The Elect. 3. Do not speak to The Elect. No matter how hard she tries to stay away, The Elect are always around her and it isn't long until she finds out the reason why they keep their friends close and their enemies even closer. She just didn't realize she was the enemy -- until it was too late.

Elite is a powerful romance that keeps the reader on the edge of your seat.  Rachel Van Dyken is a new author to me and I’m so excited I finally found her.

I swear I yelled at this book or rather the characters more than ever before.  Ms. Van Dyken yanked me into the Eagle Elite world, made me feel the myriad of emotions her characters endure.  As I finished Elite I felt as if I had run a marathon in record time.  I was exhausted, and I wanted more.  I was so obsessed I turned around and read the next book Elect immediately!

Trace Rooks is a feisty young woman beginning her college career at an exclusive university.  She’s thrust into this strange world and subjected to some awful things.  One of the wonderful things about this book besides the romance are the many converging plots.  As soon as you think you know what this book is going to be about Ms. Van Dyken throws a curve ball.  Many times, I felt my eyes bulge while thinking Holy Sh*t did that really just happen!

Elite is a new adult romance but don’t let that fool you into thinking it’s your standard college romance novel.  Elite deals with many adult scenarios.  It’s easy to forget the characters are so young because of how they handle the cards they are dealt.

Nixon Abandonato is an enigma.  It’s hard to tell what is going on in his head but damn he wears Alpha Male with aplomb.  He’s the leader of the mysterious Elect and a complete ass.  The characters are fascinating.  I hate to say much more because I don’t want to give away the exciting secrets within Elite. However, I can tell you that Trace and Nixon set the pages ablaze with their sensual romance and intense banter in Rachel Van Dyken’s Elite! I am thrilled to Joyfully Recommend it for November!

NATE by Celia Aaron

NATE by Celia Aaron

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NATE by Celia AaronNate by Celia Aaron
Series: Dark Protector #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Suspense
Celia Aaron does dark mafia romance like no other.  I’m completely in love with Aaron’s irresistible dark heroes.  I had the good luck to pick up the first book in Aaron’s dark mafia series, Dark Protector, on my birthday.  It was the perfect birthday gift.  I have been counting down the days  until I could get my hands onNate ever since.  In Dark ProtectorNate brought the laughter and lightness to the dark romance.  It was impossible not to fall in love with his cocky humor.

 

Nate’s story picks up five years after the events in Dark Protector.  Nate is now the head of the Genoa crime family.  He’s all set to weed out certain aspects of the business, work with the Irish, and fight a war with the Russians.  He never expected his life to be turned upside down by a beautiful woman.  He definitely didn’t count on the girl he took in five years ago coming back from boarding school a beautiful woman determined to seduce him.  Sabrina has seen her fair share of violence and bloodshed.  She is prepared to seduce the man she’s always loved and enter his dangerous world whether he likes it or not.  Sabrina turned out to be much stronger than I anticipated.  I really enjoyed her fiery attitude.  These characters were so much fun.  I could not get enough of the sexy banter between them.

 

Nate combines scorching romance, a possessive Alpha male, and white knuckle action expertly.  My only complaint with Nate is it was over to soon.  I think I could’ve read about this couple for days.  Nate and Sabrina are just so damn Hot!  Celia Aaron’s dark mafia romances are an addictive adrenaline rush and I cannot wait to read another one.  I’m excited to be including Nate in my picks for September’s Joyfully Reviewed Recommended Reads.  If you love a dark hero with a wicked sense of humor, danger lurking around every corner and titillating romance then Nate should be your next purchase.
WICKED BITE by Rebecca Zanetti

WICKED BITE by Rebecca Zanetti

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IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

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THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

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ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh

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BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

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SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

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THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

THE BILLIONAIRES by Calista Fox

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BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent

BLIND TIGER by Rachel Vincent

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LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

LION’S SHARE by Rachel Vincent

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MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

MOONSHADOW by Thea Harrison

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NO LIVING SOUL by Julie Moffett

NO LIVING SOUL by Julie Moffett

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SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia London

SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD by Julia London

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THE MISTAKE by Elle Kennedy

THE MISTAKE by Elle Kennedy

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THE DEAL by Elle Kennedy

THE DEAL by Elle Kennedy

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ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

ONE FOR THE ROGUE by Charis Michaels

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