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THE KISS THIEF by L. J. Shen

THE KISS THIEF by L. J. Shen

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THE KISS THIEF by L. J. ShenThe Kiss Thief by L. J. Shen
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
Source: Publisher


They say your first kiss should be earned.Mine was stolen by a devil in a masquerade mask under the black Chicago sky.

They say the vows you take on your wedding day are sacred.Mine were broken before we left church.

They say your heart only beats for one man.Mine split and bled for two rivals who fought for it until the bitter end.I was promised to Angelo Bandini, the heir to one of the most powerful families in the Chicago Outfit.Then taken by Senator Wolfe Keaton, who held my father’s sins over his head to force me into marriage.

They say that all great love stories have a happy ending.I, Francesca Rossi, found myself erasing and rewriting mine until the very last chapter.One kiss.Two men.Three lives.Entwined together. And somewhere between these two men, I had to find my forever.

Author L.J. Shen delivers an epic enemies-to-lovers romance in The Kiss Thief!  I absolutely loved this story! I have been on a serious mafia romance kick lately, so I was looking forward to reading The Kiss Thief.  The premise is scintillating. I’m not usually into triangle’s but this one turned out to be exciting and unpredictable which I loved.  It does have a bit of a dark romance edge to it.  Wolfe is dominant and sexy, but he can be a total ass!  However, it was impossible to not fall in love with him.  If you aren’t into Alpha’s with a dark edge this may not be for you.

I happened to fall for this very bad boy.  Poor Francesca is really thrown into the deep end in The Kiss Thief.  I felt terrible about the circumstances that landed her in Senator Wolfe Keaton’s crosshairs.  However, is was easy to feel the instant heady attraction after Wolfe and Francesca’s first meeting. I really enjoyed Francesca’s growth throughout the story.  It was nice to see her find her strength while watching Wolfe realize there’s more to life than revenge.

The Kiss Thief is brimming with so much passionate emotion it makes you feel like your heart is going to burst. I loved these two so much I didn’t want the story to end.  The Kiss Thief is a definite Joyfully Recommended Read!

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer Ryan

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer Ryan

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DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer RyanDirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan
Series: Jennifer Ryan
Published by Avon Genres: Contemporary, Western
Source: Publisher


Meet the women from Wild Rose Ranch—and the men who want them—in New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Ryan’s breathtaking series of romance and scandal . . .

Noah Cordero is a modern-day cowboy who loves three things: ranching, his younger sister, and his step-father. John Cordero groomed Noah to take over the Montana spread where he learned to ride and work the land. But when John unexpectedly dies, he leaves half the ranch to a woman Noah doesn’t even know.

Roxy shares Noah’s last name, but not his blood. Estranged from her father, haunted by regrets, and eager to escape her notorious mother’s past, she is forced to fulfill her father’s last wishes. Inheriting means sharing a home with infuriating, challenging, and oh-so-tempting Noah. But John didn’t just make her owner of his ranch and guardian to her sister, his hidden sideline is her worst nightmare—she’s the new owner of the notorious Nevada brothel called Wild Rose Ranch where she grew up.

As their strictly business relationship starts to turn to true love, Roxy begins to wonder, what will happen when Noah discovers her dirty little secret?

Jennifer Ryan introduces us to the women of the Wild Rose Ranch with fantastic flair.  I absolutely adore Noah, Roxy and their Dirty Little Secret.  This book was such a surprise. It’s not something I would’ve picked up but I received it in the mail and I fell hard and fast for these characters.  One thing that really sucks me in is emotion.  Ms. Ryan has packed Dirty Little Secret with such powerful emotion I felt like my heart was being squeezed in such a good way.

Roxy and Noah have been dealt a rough hand.  Roxy’s father, Noah’s stepfather left them to deal with his secrets and there’s quite the fallout.  Now they must navigate their new lives while living together and taking care of their sister. There are many obstacles thrown their way to make it even more interesting.  It’s impossible not to root for these two. It doesn’t hurt that the chemistry between Noah and Roxy is sizzling. If you love intense romance filled with intriguing and loveable characters, then Dirty Little Secret is for you.

Author Jennifer Ryan has paired a blistering romance with a compelling storyline to deliver a sensational story! I’m excited to Joyfully Recommend Dirty Little Secret!  I can’t wait for the next book in the Wild Rose Ranch series!

 

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
Source: Publisher
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
Source: Publisher

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
Source: Publisher


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

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 PrimeContinue Reading

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

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 mustContinue Reading

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

**Possible spoilers below**       Our beloved characters are still reeling from the events in The Fire Queen as we leap back into the fantastical Hundredth Queen series.  Kalinda may be more wounded than anyone knows and people they love are missing.  Devon and Kalinda are once again pulled apart by their circumstances.  It’sContinue Reading

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

Undone by You is so damn hot!  Dante Moretti and Cade “Alamo” Burnett’s attraction is palpable.  They simply sizzle together.  I love so many things about Author Kate Meader’s Undone by You.  The sexual tension is through the roof.  The drama is intensely seductive as Dante tries to fight his attraction to Cade all theContinue Reading

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

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 theContinue Reading

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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 himContinue Reading

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

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 ElectContinue Reading

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

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 EagleContinue Reading

NATE by Celia Aaron

NATE by Celia Aaron

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 getContinue Reading

WICKED BITE by Rebecca Zanetti

WICKED BITE by Rebecca Zanetti

Wicked Bite is fantastic!   Witch Nessa Lansa is on a mission and she needs the Alpha of the Grizzly shifters Beauregard “Bear” McDunphy to succeed.  After Bear was gravely injured he was forced to shift and go into seclusion of three months to heal.  He feels more animal than man and has accepted thatContinue Reading

IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

IRRESISTIBLE YOU by Kate Meader

I was attracted to Kate Meader’s Irresistible You from the description.  I thought it was unique for three estranged sisters to inherit a hockey team, be forced to work and live together.  This basically guaranteed lots of emotion and I love a story that gives the feels. Ms. Meader didn’t disappoint.  Irresistible You is justContinue Reading

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

THE GAME by Vanessa Fewings

Vanessa Fewings has the magic touch.  I didn’t think there was any way The Game could live up to the excitement within Fewings first ICON book, The Chase, but boy did it!  Zara and Tobias totally Rock My World!  I’m so in love with this couple and their adventure!   Fewings impressive writing style takesContinue Reading

ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh

ARCHANGEL’S VIPER by Nalini Singh

Holly Chang was a happy college student on the day she and several of her friends went out on a girl’s day.  That all changed when they were kidnapped, tortured and, for Holly’s friends, killed by a crazy archangel.  Holly was the sole survivor when she was found by Elena, broken and changed, but alive. Continue Reading

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

BOARDWALK SUMMER by Kimberly Fisk

Hope Thompson has never recovered from being left by the love of her life, Nick Fortune. The man who fathered her twin children. When her son becomes ill she is left no choice but to contact Nick for help. Something which ties her up in knots.   Nick Fortune has succeeded in life, becoming aContinue Reading

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

SILVER SILENCE by Nalini Singh

Silver Mercant has a full card with her dual jobs of being the director of the Emergency Response Network known as EmNet and as the senior aid to Kaleb Krychek.  She really doesn’t have time the for bear who keeps asking her for an ice cream date.  Yet, when an assassination attempt is made onContinue Reading

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