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CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

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CONSUMED by J. R. WardConsumed by J. R. Ward
Published by Gallery Books Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed...

By her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer.

Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze.

Danny McGuire is a premiere fireman, best in the county, but in the midst of a personal meltdown. Danny is taking risks like never before and seems to have a death wish until he teams up with Anne to find the fire starter. But Danny may be more than a distraction, and as Anne narrows in on her target, the arsonist begins to target her.

J.R. Ward’s Consumed is a terrifically terrifying adventure from start to finish! From the first scenes in Consumed there is no doubt this book will be intense.  I’m not sure if I have ever been so engrossed in the first few pages of a book that nothing could distract. It’s been a little bit since I finished the book and I still get nervous butterflies when thinking about Consumed. The beautifully tragic imagery brought forth will leave you gasping for air…literally!

Ward brings her signature writing style to her new series giving the reader the multifaceted storytelling they adore. You always know going into a book from Ward that you will not be denied any of the characters point of view.

All of Anne Ashburn’s life she has been determined to follow in the family footsteps and leave a shining legacy within the fire department.  Tragic circumstances force her to completely rethink her life and what she wants from it.  Danny McGuire is the fire department’s golden boy until events lead him to begin taking unnecessary risks.  To say that these characters are deep would be a gross understatement. It’s impossible to miss the wealth of emotion that drives and sometimes helps these characters thrive.

Consumed, as cheesy as it is to say it will consume you from page one.  This exceptional suspenseful drama will have you dissecting the characters motives to discover the bad guy!  Anne and Danny’s romance is a slow burn in all the best ways.  We really get a chance to know them both and what is driving them. Both are complex and picking up the pieces after a life-changing event.   I fell incredibly in love with these two!

Enthralling, Exhilarating and Explosive are just a few of the words I would use to describe J. R. Ward’s Consumed. It’s most definitely a Recommended Read!

OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh

OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh

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OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini SinghOcean Light by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #2
Published by Berkley Publishing Group Genres: Paranormal

Kaia Luna, a cook on Ryújin, a BlackSea city, at least she is a cook now but she used to be a lab assistant to her cousin.  So, when Kaia was asked to check in on their new lab experiment, aka Bowen Knight, to see how he was doing, of course she agreed.  What Kaia didn’t expect was for Bowen to wake up while she was the only one in the room or how he would instantly affect her once he was awake.  She also knows that even a weak Bowen can be a deadly one. Kaia discovers new informationwhich seems to say that instead of being a friend to Black Sea, Bowen might be a deadly enemy and he just happens to be her mate.

 

Bowen Adrian Knight, the security chief of the Human Alliance, is shocked to wake up to discover that he should be dead from a sniper shot, Only because his sister, Lily, agreed to let him be used for an experiment is he alive. A second shock is to discover that he is miles down in the ocean on a BlackSea underwater city; and if that isn’t enough, he is being checked on by a sexy and cranky cook that smells like cinnamon.  Once Bowen learns exactly what the experiment is and how it can help his friends and his sister, he agrees to be a living guinea pig. He hopes that even if he doesn’t survive, the knowledge learned will save others in the Human Alliance with the chip in their brain.  Now, Bowen has a definite time table – 2 weeks, after which he will either have the rest of his life or have no life at all.

 

As Bowen is going through the stages of the experiment, he learns a lot about the BlackSea and especially about Kaia.  Kaia is trying to ignore what Bowen is to her, but the more she gets to know him the more what she believes about Bowen just doesn’t make sense.  Both Bowen and Kaia initially try to denythe feelings between them but you know some things  can’t be ignored.  However, all isn’t just science and passion; when Bowen learns that he is a suspect in the death of a really good friend of Kaia’s he demands to try and learn just what happened and how his name was brought into it.  Kaia and Bowen start putting the pieces of the puzzle together while their passion flames higher and higher.  It seems that the BlackSea traitor is closer than anyone ever expected and when the name becomes clear, all are in disbelief.  Time is not on Kaia and Bowen’s side, because soon it’s time for Bowen to take the last steps that will either save every human with a chip or end any future that Kaia and Bowen might have together.  There are huge questions that will also need answering if Bowen comes out of this, like how to combine their worlds in a way that will keep both happy.

 

An ex lab assistant turned cook extraordinaire and a determined security chief find a love that defeats all  odds in Ocean Light.  I was very excited when I learned that Bowen was the next hero and couldn’t imagine who would be his mate, but Kaia was more than his match.  I loved how at first Kaia tried to deny that Bowen was her mate. Bowen was intrigued by the sexy Kaia but didn’t want to start anything when he knew the true odds of his surviving the experiment on his brain.  Even better was watching how they took each careful step towards the love that exploded between them.  I also enjoyed how the mystery on who was selling out the members of BlackSea and other things were puzzled out and that the endings to each suited those individuals.  Come on now, you didn’t really think I was going to tell you everything did you?  What I will tell you is that Ocean Light is an excellent second book in the Trinity series and one that no one should miss if they have loved any of the Psy/Changeling books.  I can also tell you Ocean Light is Joyfully Recommended by me to you as a must read!

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

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FURYBORN by Claire LegrandFuryborn by Claire Legrand
Series: Empirium Trilogy #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire Genres: Fantasy, New Adult


The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable―until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world―and of each other.

Author Claire Legrand’s novel FURYBORN is a fantastical novel featuring alluring, tenacious characters and an unforgettable heart-stopping story.

Furyborn is brimming with strong, fiery female characters that will have you cheering even as they do some dangerous and at times despicable things.  I was so taken with the blurb I could not wait to read this novel.  The idea of a story essentially taking place during two different lifetimes was intriguing, add in the fantasy, romance and action elements and I was hooked.  I was not disappointed.  Furyborn is enrapturing from page one.  It’s impossible to miss the life or death tension within the first few scenes.  I could feel my heart beating wildly as one OMG thing after another happened until my mind exploded with understanding of what was going to happen next.

At first, I was afraid that Legrand’s use of a nonlinear narrative would become confusing as I tried to discover how the two plots would sync up and remember the many characters that came with them.  Thankfully, Legrand is quite skillful with her pen. In Furyborn, she creates such unique, memorable characters and plotlines it is easy to keep track of everything.  The worldbuilding within Furyborn is without a doubt one of the most skilled I’ve read.  The imagery and plot make it easy to imagine yourself in the line of fire with the characters.

As a reader you always know going into one of these stories there is a good chance you’re going to find your heart breaking in some manner before it’s over.  In Furyborn, the chances of this happening are double since we are dealing with two heroines.  Rielle and Eliana are fiercely independent women with a passionate need to protect the people they love.  They have lives and ideals of their own, but they are thrown into the middle of a long-foretold prophecy within their kingdoms.  As this prophecy begins to take over their lives they are forced to discover what they are truly made of.  Following them both on their trail of self-discovery is intense and marvelous.  I love the fact that these women are not purely good or evil which is the conclusion other characters would like to draw about them.  Both Rielle and Eliana have many rich layers of personality, conscience and desires that drive them in fascinating ways.  The men in their lives are equally dashing and entrancing.

I did not want Furyborn to end and when it did I was left with a desperate need to discover what would happen next.  I will be counting down the days until the next novel in the Empirium trilogy releases.  I must know what happens to the characters that I’ve become insanely attached to!

Furyborn is a phenomenally haunting novel that will leave you breathless and extremely satisfied.  The remarkable drama, intense action sequences and the bewitching fantasy make Furyborn a Joyfully Recommended Read.

**Furyborn is classified as a young adult novel but due to the age of the main characters, violence and sexual situations I consider it a New Adult.

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

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WILDFIRE by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Published by Avon Genres: Paranormal

Nevada Baylor spent years keeping her truthseeker abilities under wraps.  Now that her secret has been revealed, she must hone her powers and learn to navigate the world of a Prime.  Power and politics are something Nevada has long avoided, but she’s in the game now, so to speak. At her side is billionaire Prime Connor “Mad” Rogan, but Nevada’s emerging status as a power player means that their relationship will be tested as others flock to court and manipulate her.  And that isn’t the only strain on their burgeoning relationship – Connor’s ex-fiancée’s husband is missing and she has come to Nevada for help.  Between damsels-in-distress, a new threat to the Baylor family, and a conspiracy that threatens all she holds dear, Nevada may start wishing for the days where her biggest problem was that all of Houston might burn.

 

Wildfire is an intense, electric read.  Passion, danger, love, and magic are all woven together to form an intelligent, incredibly engaging story.

 

Nevada and Rogan are fascinating protagonists and one heck of a couple.  They are both strong, intelligent characters who butt heads but also respect one another’s abilities.  Falling in love has given them new sets of vulnerabilities, and I loved watching them navigate their new relationship.  Their love story is by turns sexy, romantic, and intense and I was rooting for them to overcome every obstacle.

 

Speaking of obstacles, there are a lot thrown in Nevada and Rogan’s way.  I hesitate to say too much for fear of spoiling the book.  Nevada has to decide how best to protect her family.  Now that she’s a known truthseeker, her terrifying paternal grandmother has found out about her.  She also has a new case where Rogan’s needy ex-fiancée is wearing on her nerves and putting a strain on her relationship with Rogan.  Both of these storylines are compelling because they cause internal turmoil, which contrasts nicely with the external threat of the Caesar conspiracy.  This overarching series storyline is where the action ramps up to epic proportions in Wildfire.  Author duo Ilona Andrews brilliantly blends magic and mayhem for maximum thrills and I was so into this book that I hated it whenever real life intruded and I had to put it down.

 

Wildfire is the third book in the Hidden Legacy series and you definitely should read Burn for Me and White Hot before diving into this tale.  Rogan, Nevada, the entire Baylor family, and their friends have all grown over the course of the series and I loved watching each of them come into their own.  I really hope this isn’t the end of the Hidden Legacy series, because there is so much left to explore in this world.  The magic is phenomenally detailed and the way it’s used can be interesting, funny, frightening, and sometimes even sexy.  So while I finished Wildfire well-satisfied, I definitely don’t want to leave Nevada and Rogan’s world.  And trust me, you won’t either.

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

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EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon WrayEvery Deep Desire by Sharon Wray
Series: Deadly Force #1
Published by Sourcebooks Genres: Contemporary, Suspense



He's taking it all back
His honor, his freedom, and the woman he loves


Rafe Montfort was a decorated Green Beret, the best of the best, until a disastrous mission and an unforgivable betrayal destroyed his life. Now, this deadly soldier has returned to the sultry Georgia swamps to reunite with his brothers, and take back all he lost. But Juliet must never know the truth behind what he's done...or the dangerous secret that threatens to take him from her forever.

It took Juliet Capel eight long years to put her life back together after her husband was taken from her. Now Rafe is back, determined to protect her at any cost, and it's not just her heart that's in danger. The swamps hold a secret long buried and far deadlier than either of them could have imagined...

Author Sharon Wray’s Every Deep Desire is phenomenal! I’m officially obsessed with the characters in Wray’s new Deadly Force series.  Every Deep Desire is a modern Romeo and Juliet story filled with action and passion that will leave you breathless. This Romeo and Juliet must battle similar enemies as the original. Rafe and Juliet must take on their families, community and the past if they don’t want their story to end in a tragedy.

Rafe and Juliet’s love seems ill-fated.  The possibility of an Happily Ever After appears out of reach.  The burning yearning between Rafe and Juliet is palpable.  It’s impossible to deny the beautiful relationship between them. These two deserve a second chance romance.

I must say that Ms. Wray has done an outstanding job of building her Deadly Force world.  Wray has created many rich layers within the story.  It was fascinating taking the journey across the centuries learning about the history of Rafe and Juliet’s families and the rest of the families that live on the Isle’s off Savannah.  Ms. Wray has an uncanny skill when creating a scene. You could almost feel the sultry Savannah heat as we walk through the muggy swamps surrounding Juliet’s ancestral home.   Every Deep Desire has set up the rest of the series magically with many plotlines ready to unfold in future books.  I cannot wait to read the next book!  The characters are thoroughly engrossing with their many facets.  I especially look forward to reading Nate’s book.  He is such an interesting character and his attraction to Sara is sexy and sweet.

Every Deep Desire is a MUST READ for lovers of spinetingling suspense and endless love inspired storytelling.  I’m happy to Joyfully Recommend Every Deep Desire for January 2018!

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

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SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

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THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

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ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

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NATE by Celia Aaron

NATE by Celia Aaron

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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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