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ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. Drake

ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. Drake

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ULTIMATE COURAGE by Piper J. DrakeUltimate Courage by Piper J. Drake
Series: True Heroes #2
Published by Forever Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
ReviewedbyMiranda

LOVE IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY

Retired Navy SEAL Alex Rojas is putting his life back together, one piece at a time. Being a single dad to his young daughter and working at Hope's Crossing Kennels to help rehab a former guard dog, he struggles every day to control his PTSD. But when Elisa Hall shows up, on the run and way too cautious, she unleashes his every protective instinct.

Elisa's past never stays in her rearview mirror for long, and she refuses to put anyone else in danger. But with Alex guarding her so fiercely yet looking at her so tenderly, she's never felt safer . . . or more terrified that the secrets she keeps could put countless people in grave peril. The only way for both to fully escape their demons will take the ultimate act of courage: letting go and learning to trust each other.

Ultimate Courage is a passionate love story filled with fiery emotions and adventure.  Piper J. Drake continues her True Heroes series in style with Ultimate Courage.  I seriously cannot get enough of this series and the characters within.  As a reader I felt like I was returning home to the family as I read through the pages.  I LOVE these people and the dogs!

 

Ultimate Courage opens with our heroine Elisa Hall on the run and in the need of help.  Our hero Alex Rojas is ex-military suffering from PTSD while single parenting his rambunctious daughter Selena “Boom” Rojas.  Elisa and Alex’s paths cross and are forever changed.  These two are like magnets once they connect there is no pulling them apart. Their chemistry is on fire and as they explore it the pages get hot, hot, hot!  Speaking of chemistry there is another character that enchants the reader and that would be Souze.  Souze is a German Shepard Dog that is rehabilitating at Hope’s Crossing Kennels.  Souze is having trouble rehabbing but he may just be perfection for Elisa and Alex.  I love their journey together throughout the book.

 

I love the themes throughout the book. Ultimate Courage features strong family connections whether by blood or by choice.  The connection between the men of Hope’s Crossing Kennels and the people that surround them is powerful.  They are all a force to be reckoned with.  Ultimate Courage is also about survival.  You can feel such hope while reading.  All of the characters are struggling with different levels of issues and they are surviving the best they can while leaning on each other.  I love this!

 

If you want a thrilling, heartwarming read then Ultimate Courage is a MUST!  Drake redefines the action hero with the strong, sexy, sensitive men of her True Heroes series and the dogs they train! I am Joyfully Recommending Ultimate Courage! I cannot wait for the next book!

THE UNDOING by Shelly Laurenston

THE UNDOING by Shelly Laurenston

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THE UNDOING by Shelly LaurenstonThe Undoing by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #2
Published by Kensington Publishing Corp. Genres: Paranormal
ReviewedbyJo

Jace Berisha would rather be in a cupboard or under a house reading a book than dealing with anyone alive.  Okay, pets are not in this statement—those she loves.  Well, she does love her sister Crows, but a little of them can go one hell of a long way.  Like all Crows, Jace was killed and given a little something extra and in Jace’s case, she was given strength in rage.  Can you spell berserker?  Unlike many of the Crows, when Jace woke up in her second life, she wasn’t faced with a totally new experience, because some of Jace’s personal family are a bit more than you would expect.

 

Ski Eriksen is one of the peace-loving Protectors.  Yes, this could be an oxymoron when you consider he, like all the other of the people who serve the Norse Gods, find there is always violence involved to get the job done.  Yet, Ski loves the mornings when he can just sleep in and take it easy.  Ski never expected to find a peaceful Crow, especially Jace whom he has seen beat strong men into a pulp.  But when circumstances have him offering a job in his house cataloging the Protector’s library, he is amazed at how perfectly she fits in—well, once she actually accepts the job.

 

Jace believed she had left her first life behind her when she was killed and had achieved her vengeance.  However, it seems that this might not be the case, as people from her past keep just showing up and making her mad—not rage mad, but mad.  On the Norse god side, as the Crows, Protectors and the other groups do their daily jobs, so it becomes pretty clear that an enemy was not destroyed and sent back to hell as previously believed.  Jace finds herself as part of a fighting front trying to get rid of nasty people from two angles just as she also finds herself overwhelmed with feelings for Ski.  Can a Crow find love with a Protector?  A lasting love?  First, Jace and Ski will have to make it through a fierce battle when the winner will take all on Earth.

 

A rage-filled Crow and a peace-loving Protector come face to face with a love like no other in The Undoing.  First off I have to say I fell in love with both Jace and Ski, even before I saw how they would fall in love.  I found it so fun to watch as they fell for each other when the odds would have said they were leaps and bounds apart.  I really loved where their strengths seemed to fill a weakness in the other or helped them get over a hard place they were going through.  I also have to say that I fell in love with Jace’s grandmother.  Talk about a kick.  Ski understand just what Jace needed in order to be happy, just as I found Jace seemed to know when to be slightly outrageous to bring Ski what he needed.  This unusual love story had me so engrossed that the pages seemed to turn on their own.

The Undoing has all the things that I love about Ms. Laurenston’s books: moments of outrageous fun, kinky passion, loving snark, and passion that brings two people you would not expect together.  Jace and Ski’s story does exactly all of the above, plus some.  I absolutely loved Jace and Ski’s book and had to make it a Joyfully Recommended read.  I can’t wait to see which Crow is going to find her unusual love next.

 

TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey Yates

TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey Yates

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TOUGH LUCK HERO by Maisey YatesTough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates
Series: Cooper Ridge
Published by HQN Books Genres: Contemporary
ReviewedbyMelissa

Colton West never expected his bridezilla fiancé to leave him at the altar. That’s how he finds himself drunk and married in Vegas to Lydia Carpenter. Lydia has been running for mayor of Cooper Ridge, so when she wakes up married to her best friend’s ex fiancé, she knows that if she want to win her election, she needs to stay married. Colton agrees to help Lydia by staying married. Neither can admit that the real reason they got married isn’t so much because of how drunk they were but rather that they have been attracted to each other for a very long time. Will they admit how they feel and stay together after the election is over?

 

I’m hooked on Cooper Ridge and Tough Luck Hero may be my favorite story yet! I’ve been waiting and hoping that something would happen to stop Colton from the terrible marriage he had planned to a “suitable” woman. I could see the sparks between Lydia and Colton and was intrigued! Maisey Yates didn’t disappoint me! I loved every minute of Tough Luck Hero and can’t wait to see what is coming next in Cooper Ridge!

SINNER’S GIN by Rhys Ford

SINNER’S GIN by Rhys Ford

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SINNER’S GIN by Rhys FordSinner's Gin by Rhys Ford
Series: Sinners #1
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

The band mates of Sinner’s Gin were riding high from their sell-out worldwide tour and their spectacular night at the Grammy Awards.  Leaving the ceremony the four young men were on top of the world, right up to the point where their car was struck by another driver.  Only one survived.  Lead singer Mieko ‘Miki’ St. John took his battered, broken body home to San Francisco where he holed up in his warehouse condo.  There Miki hid from everyone as his body tried to mend and his soul withered to dust.

 

SFPD Inspector Kane Morgan rents space in a local warehouse to relax in his downtime by creating beautiful woodwork pieces.  On this particular day off Kane’s deep into his zone when another tenant’s dog steals an expensive piece of wood from his stash.  Confronting his neighbor Kane is intrigued by the seriously sexy stranger.   And the conversation becomes extremely awkward when the Inspector makes a gruesome discovery – there’s a dead guy sitting in his neighbor’s GTO.

 

As the investigation gets underway Kane and his reclusive neighbor begin to grow closer.  They have nothing in common except a rising body count of people that once upon a time tormented Miki and a passionate chemistry.  Very quickly Kane is ready to protect the damaged singer from the world at large.  As for Miki, he’s not quite sure how Kane got under his skin, but he did, like a tick, a hot erotic tick.  Someone else, however has entirely different ideas for the singer and neither Kane nor Miki will like the killer’s plans.

 

Hold onto your seat.  Sinner’s Gin is an original, character driven emotional tsunami with a murderous psychopath for extra kicks.  The powerhouse dramatic storyline features incredibly poignant characters who will absolutely grab the reader’s heart.  Secondary characters such as the Morgan clan are equally important to the story.  Miki and Kane’s decidedly uncomfortable beginning highlights their unusual courtship, which further enriches Sinner’s Gin.  These characters challenge and love each other at every turn of the page.  I must Joyfully recommend Sinner’s Gin.  This one will be read again and again.

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Rhys Ford

TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Rhys Ford

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TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD by Rhys FordTequila Mockingbird by Rhys Ford
Series: Sinners #3
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM

An informant tip sends the SFPD Swat team to an RV parked outside Marshal’s Amp and Coffee house in Chinatown where they expect to find a large shipment of meth.  What team leader Connor Morgan and his men find instead is the bullet ridden body of Franklin Marshal moments before the RV blows into a million pieces.  After the explosion Connor is there to comfort Marshal’s adopted son, Forest Ackerman.

 

Childhood was a bitter game of survival for Forest before the day Franklin came into his life.  He spent his early years scrambling for food and shelter while his mother thought nothing of whoring him out for her own needs.  Scrawny and starving Forest’s unlikely savior was an aging hippie who saw something special in the mouthy boy. Eventually Franklin managed to pry the child from his mother and gave him a decent life.  Together they discovered his hidden talent as Forest immediately took to playing the drums.

 

On the night Forest’s beloved father is found murdered something intangible happens between the drummer and the SWAT officer.  Days pass where neither can forget the comforting arms of the other.  Each time Connor turns up at the coffee shop Forest’s heart beats faster.  As for Connor, he’s becoming increasingly frustrated by his inability to forget the sexy, brown eyed man.  See, Connor Morgan isn’t gay.  Before he can come to grips with the situation however, an attempt is made on Forest’s life.  Connor may be confused about his love life, but he’d make damn sure nobody else touched his drummer.

 

The Morgan family is back again with another sensuous, dangerous drama.  Passion and murder take readers on a difficult journey in Tequila Mockingbird, book three in the excellent Sinner’s series.  Forest and Connor, as well as the rest of the cast, come alive in this chilling tale of death.  Forest is emotionally scarred, Connor is trying to redefine his sexuality.  Author Rhys Ford takes her characters through hell and back and on top of the world with Tequila Mockingbird.  These incredible characters stay with you long after the last page ends.  I Joyfully recommend Tequila Mockingbird.  This series is one of the best. Ever.

TEMPERANCE by Stephanie Tyler

TEMPERANCE by Stephanie Tyler

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WHISKEY AND WRY by Rhys Ford

WHISKEY AND WRY by Rhys Ford

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TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni Blake

TAKE ME ALL THE WAY by Toni Blake

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MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas

MARRYING WINTERBORNE by Lisa Kleypas

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THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

THE DARK VAMPIRE by Kate Baxter

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ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

ALLEGIANCE OF HONOR by Nalini Singh

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FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

FIRST AND FIRST by Santino Hassell

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BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

BETTING THE BAD BOY by Sugar Jamison

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RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

RETURN OF THE BAD BOY by Jessica Lemmon

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PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

PLAYING HARD by Melanie Scott

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DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

DECEPTION ISLAND by Brynn Kelly

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SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole

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FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

FIGHTING DIRTY by Lori Foster

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BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

BURN FOR ME by Ilona Andrews

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EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

EXPOSURE by Kelly Moran

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