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AN HEIRESS FOR HIS EMPIRE by Lucy Monroe

AN HEIRESS FOR HIS EMPIRE by Lucy Monroe

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AN HEIRESS FOR HIS EMPIRE by Lucy MonroeAn Heiress for His Empire by Lucy Monroe
Series: Ruthless Russians
Published by Harlequin on 2014-10-01
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 192
Reviewed by Melissa

The story: Innocent debutante Madison Archer has hit the headlines for a scandal not of her making. Now, marriage to the unscrupulous Viktor Beck is the only way to save what's left of her reputation! The contract: Maddie has always featured in Viktor's plans to take over her father's company and expand his empire. The intense attraction between them only sweetens the deal he's offered…. The secret: Though love doesn't beat in Viktor's heart, he'll show Maddie just how hot their chemistry can be. But even this corporate shark is in for a shock—his wild socialite is still a virgin!

Madison Archer has loved Viktor Beck for years. She tried long ago to make him see her as a desirable woman but he rebuffed her. Now Maddie is faced with a terrible scandal in the tabloids because of a so called friend who spread lies about her for money. Her father is infuriated and insists that Maggie chose between several men he has selected to lead his company, among them is Viktor. She must marry the man she chooses immediately to counter the scandal. It’s always been Viktor for Maddie so she allows him to convince her to go along with her father’s plan and choose him. Viktor has always wanted Maddie but was sure she was too young before, now her father has played right into his plans. He desires Maddie not only as a woman but also for business reasons. Can Maddie turn desire into love? Or is she destined to love a man who will never love her?

 

 

Can I just say this maybe my favorite Lucy Monroe book in years?! I always love to read her books but with An Heiress for His Empire she has hooked me again. Maddie and Viktor are both blinded to how the other really feels. Add to that the devious friend and Maddie’s less than functional relationship with her father and you have a book that keeps you turning the pages. Joyfully Recommended for all readers who are looking for an addictive read!!!

BACKWOODS by Jill Sorenson

BACKWOODS by Jill Sorenson

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BACKWOODS by Jill SorensonBackwoods by Jill Sorenson
Series: Aftershock #4
Published by Harlequin on 2014-06-01
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Pages: 384
Reviewed by Vanessa

The more you trust, the more you risk… When plans for a wilderness retreat with her teenage daughter Brooke go awry, Abby Hammond reluctantly pairs up with Brooke's stepbrother and his dad, Nathan Strom, for the weeklong trek. The only thing Abby has in common with the bad-boy former pro athlete is that their exes cheated with each other. That…and a visceral attraction that's growing more complicated with every step through the picturesque woods. Nathan's wild-card reputation lost him his career and his family. After years of regret, he's ready to fight for what truly matters—and that includes Abby's hard-won trust. When Brooke goes missing, Nathan knows he's her best and only hope of rescue. But the deeper into the rugged mountains they go, the more dangerous the territory will prove—for their safety and for their hearts.

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Abby Hammond is always picking up the pieces from her negligent ex, and now she finds herself on a camping trip with her teenage daughter, Brooke.  Abby doesn’t do roughing it, but she will do whatever possible to make her daughter happy.  Soon, Nathan Strom shows up with his son, Brooke’s stepbrother, and the fireworks begin to ignite.

 

Nathan Strom is trying to right the many wrongs of his life.  The main one on his radar is growing closer to his hard-headed teenage son, Leo.  He joins the camping expedition to begin the process, but soon finds that his growing attraction to the woman, whose ex cheated with his then wife, may just be the cherry on top of his new start on correcting his mistakes of the past.  As the four embark on a trek through the wilderness, learning about life and letting go of some pain, Brooke is taken, and Nathan must step up to be the hero.

 

Backwoods was a thrilling endeavor that showed some complexities of the characters as they made realizations about one another and learned to look past mistakes from their past.  I was rooting for Nathan from the beginning, because he was a man who set aside that all-important pride to get back what was so much more important in life in Backwoods.  I also enjoyed the fact that Jill Sorenson didn’t attempt to ram a cheater down the readers’ throats as someone that changed their spots because, in the end, that character stayed true to their selfish selves in Backwoods.

 

The chemistry between Nathan and Abby was combustible, and I completely agreed with Brooke in what they should do.  However, I’m glad that they weren’t looking to make it all about someone else, but reacted more to what was best for themselves in their situation in Backwoods.

 

Abby showed that she was the complete package parent in Backwoods, willing to do whatever she could to see a positive outcome.  However, she did have me teetering on the edge of my seat when she started to go the route of “child first” before endeavoring on seeking her own happiness in Backwoods.

 

Backwoods showed the flaws in the main characters as the author delved into their personas, making them more identifiable to the readers.  Nathan and Abby weren’t larger-than-life characters, but every day run-of-the-mill people who made mistakes and were looking to right the wrongs of their pasts as they set aside their pride and selfish desires by placing others before them in Backwoods.  I Joyfully Recommend Backwoods because a second chance at happiness was found amongst the rubble of destroyed relationships brought about by other forces, and I just completely loved Nathan Strom!

 

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan Loy

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PICKS & PUCKS by Teegan LoyPicks & Pucks by Teegan Loy
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Contemporary, MM
Reviewed by Lisa

No one would disagree that Justin Corrin has a gift with a hockey puck.  Justin also has incredible talent with a figure skating pick. His life should have been a dream.  Far from it.  His older hockey player brother is jealous and his father, a college hockey coach, has a fit when he learns that Justin is taking figure skating classes.  Adding to that his hockey player boyfriend insists on staying firmly in the closet.  His mother’s death in a car accident is the final blow in destroying Justin’s home life.  She was the glue that kept them together.  After the funeral he left his fractured family for training in California.

 

Just missing the podium at Nationals Justin agrees to come home with his demons to face the mess he left behind.  Confronting family members it seems that they are trying to make amends while Justin is the one who won’t let the past go.

 

New skating programs, developing family relations, and a new hockey boyfriend who’s not in the closet.  Justin is learning that he makes his own drama and his own demons.  It’s up to him to make a life worth cherishing.

 

Such sorrow and angst in the beginning.  The evolution of the main character’s growth in Picks and Pucks is gritty, realistic, and heartwarming.  Accepting Justin’s invisible demons may take a moment of adjustment, but they have a place in the skater’s maturity so bear with them.  The secondary characters are just as real and intrinsic to the plotline.  Picks and Pucks is the story of a family that’s unraveled by anger and death, however time and love is knitting them back together.   Cheer them on.  I Joyfully recommend Picks and Pucks. Tissue optional.

THE PROTECTOR by Cooper West

THE PROTECTOR by Cooper West

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THE PROTECTOR by Cooper WestThe Protector by Cooper West
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Paranormal
Reviewed by Lisa

JoyfullyRecommendedFrom earliest recorded history there have been Guardsmen – a Handler and a Protector – one human and the other a weredog shifter.  They are bondmates for life and when one dies the other follows almost immediately.  At no time in their history has one out lived the other.  Until the day Handler Theo Taylor was gunned down and his Protector Alex Taylor survived.

 

Three years and Alex continues.  He lives and breathes.  He exists and little more.  And because Alex is still alive he’s expected to take regular checkup trips to the Institute where young Guardsmen are taught and trained for their future.

 

During one of Alex’s customary visits to the Institute he catches a scent that shouldn’t be possible, his bondmate.  The Protector zeroes in on a man he’s never met before, twenty-six year old unbonded Handler, Marcus Stephanek.  He too is an anomaly, a Handler long past the age of finding his counterpart.  Alex doesn’t want another bondmate, he wants Theo back.  As for Marcus, thrilled at finally meeting his Protector, his heart is literally crushed when Alex denies him.  Wounded souls barely coping with what fate hands them and there’s more to come.

 

An alternate reality that asks an emotional investment, The Protector is the perfect escape.  The groundwork begins slowly, builds layer upon layer as the pace quickens and the drama unfolds.  Characters from Alex and Marcus to the secondary cast come alive on the page for readers to identify with.  This other world in The Protectors leaves no emotional stone unturned.  I Joyfully recommend The Protectors.  As soon as you finish, you will want to start again.  Alex and Marcus and The Protectors won’t let go.

DESIRED by Stacey Kennedy

DESIRED by Stacey Kennedy

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DESIRED by Stacey KennedyDesired by Stacey Kennedy
Series: Club Sin #3
Published by Random House Publishing Group on 2014-07-22
Genres: Contemporary, Erotica
Pages: 256
Reviewed by Jo

Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey are sure to love Desired, USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy’s latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.   Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.   After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they must come to light. Submission alone may not be enough to save her, leaving her Master with only one question: How can he help Ella heal while unlocking the deep pleasures she craves?   Desired is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

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Ella Snow is coming out of a bad marriage and is starting her life over completely.  Part of that was accepting a challenge to live her life like she would die in six months.  Her first act on that challenge was to move to Las Vegas and get a job.  While at her new boss’s wedding, Ella suddenly comes face to face on just how lonely she really is. But that isn’t enough to end her challenge to herself and when one of the sexy groomsmen approaches her, Ella doesn’t say no to anything.

 

Kyler Morgan is one of the Masters at Club Sin and a cop in Las Vegas.  When he is asked to be one of the groomsmen at fellow Master, Aidan’s wedding, he accepts.  During the reception Kyler notices a beautiful woman that he has never seen before.  Before he can act, Kyler is warned about Ella by Aidan himself because she is Aidan’s legal assistant and very vanilla, but Kyler isn’t scared off by any of that.

 

One night of erotic passion was enough to show Kyler that Ella was submissive in nature.  Once he learned of her self challenge, he had the perfect way to find out if she could be a Submissive for his Dom.  Ella never expected her challenge to lead her into a BDSM club or to find herself dating one of the club’s Masters.  It takes very little time for both Kyler and Ella to discover that Ella is a perfect Sub, but also quickly becomes apparent to Kyler that Ella is keeping a big secret that is affecting her ability to trust him.  Ella’s immediate past has come to Vegas and Ella is trying to handle it herself while getting in deeper and deeper with Kyler.  When Kyler unexpectedly learns Ella’s secret, he needs her to tell him herself and to find a way to make Ella’s hurt go away permanently.  Ella’s worse fears happen when Kyler and the other couples from Club Sin find out exactly what she has been trying to handle on her own.  Ella learns the true meaning of love and friendship after a night that could have torn apart the life she had come to love.  Now it’s time for Ella and Kyler to discover if they can jump that last hurdle to take them into that loving relationship that all Doms and Subs search for.

 

When a sexy Cop who happens to be a Dom finds his perfect Sub in a legal assistant who has never experienced the BDSM lifestyle, can they find the path to a forever relationship?  Ella and Kyler both have lots of hurdles to overcome so they can be together forever in Desired.  All of the Ms. Kennedy’s Club Sin books have been intense so far, as well as erotic, but I have to say that Ella and Kyler’s story was the most intense yet.  I hurt when I read just what Ella lost when she faced the truth of her marriage and why she started over and I loved her self challenge.  Kyler was exactly what I thought of when I think of a cop who was a Master Dom.  I loved how Kyler lead Ella into his lifestyle and showed her just what they could be together.  I could see why Ella thought she had to deal with her problems herself and to not trust even the legal system she worked in herself.  I really loved how tight Ella and Kyler came together even from the beginning and also how Aidan did his best to protect her without knowing exactly what was wrong.  Kyler and Ella’s story had me so intrigued that I ended up reading it into the night and being very, very tired the next day.

 

There were so many things that I like and loved about Ella and Kyler’s story, that I just have to Joyfully Recommend Desired as a story you won’t want to put down.  Stacey Kenndy has written a tale full of discovery, true friendship, and a passion that is worth the journey it took to grab hold of it.  You don’t have to read the other Club Sin books in order, but I just bet that once you read one, you will go back for the others.

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh

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IN HIS SIGHTS by Jo Davis

IN HIS SIGHTS by Jo Davis

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DARE TO SURRENDER by Carly Phillips

DARE TO SURRENDER by Carly Phillips

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GRAVITATIONAL ATTRACTION by Angel Martinez

GRAVITATIONAL ATTRACTION by Angel Martinez

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WHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda Novak

WHEN SUMMER COMES by Brenda Novak

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