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Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini Singh

Archangel’s Sun by Nalini SinghArchangel's Sun by Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunters #13
Genres: Paranormal
Reviewed by:Jo
Published by Berkley Publishing Group

The Archangel war is over and now it’s up to the surviving Archangel’s and their people to take care of the remaining reborn and the disease that has been left in the aftermath.  The worst of which is in Africa, the home of the new Archangel of Africa – Titus.  Titus is a man who expects those both in his command and those loaned to him to do what is needed to be done and just deal with it.  To the soldiers his way of commanding can seem harsh and plain spoken, but it’s not like he is not asking anyone to do anything more than he is right now.  However, when he asks the Cadre for more help he gets an answer he wasn’t expecting – the Hummingbird.

Lady Sharine, also known lovingly as the Hummingbird, is just now coming out of centuries of time where she barely functioned due to a horrible prank pulled on her by an Archangel she was in a relationship with – Aegaeon.  When Sharine was asked by the Cadre to take over Lumia, a place of Angel arts and history, she not only accepted the job but came out of her self imposed kaleidoscope of life.  Now she is being asked to go to Titus and help him save Africa from the disease still attacking it. 

Titus has no idea what to expect when Sharine arrives but it certainly isn’t the small woman who not only won’t take being put on a shelf and pampered by him and his court but demands to help with the problems.  Both Sharine and Titus are surprised as she remembers aspects of herself that were always there but life experiences had caused her to not use and started to help turn the tide in Titus’ efforts to clear Africa.  As Titus and Sharine follow the clues they discover as they travel Africa, it becomes clear that the diseased reborn was not all that was left behind.  Now it’s a race to see if they can find the cure to save humankind, Vampires and Angels from this new aspect of the disease before it’s too late.  Of course falling in love isn’t on either “to do” lists, but sometimes the fates have the final say.

When you have a rough and tough Archangel and an ancient angel whom most believe must be treated with kid gloves thrown together, the outcome is remarkable to say the least.  I know that this story was about the Archangel, but to me it was Sharine’s story with Titus as her fitting partner.  I loved learning more about both Titus and Sharine, but I admit I was rooting for Sharine the entire way.  I really enjoyed watching as Titus and Sharine fell in love while battling the reborn and the aftermath of the version of the disease that was let loose in Africa.  When the cure was revealed, I was shocked at what it was but it fit so perfectly once I thought about it.  I also admit to hoping that Aegaeon gets more karma after learning just why Sharine lived in her kaleidoscope for so long.  The very best thing was watching Sharine learn to use her gifts and strength and learning that Titus is an Archangel with a marshmallow inside for the woman he loves.  Archangel’s Sun takes you on an emotional journey in so many ways that I could not even begin to list them all, but the journey is well worth traveling.  Titus and Sharine’s story is also Joyfully Recommended from me as a must read if you have been following this story line.

SAVAGE BURN by Lisa Renee Jones

SAVAGE BURN by Lisa Renee Jones

SAVAGE BURN by Lisa Renee JonesSavage Burn by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Savage #2
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by:Author

Possible Spoilers…You should read Savage Hunger before Savage Burn to enjoy properly.

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Rick and Candace are back and ready for more drama in Savage Burn.  I can’t get enough of this couple. I’m obsessed with the palpable tension between them. Rick and Candace set every scene on FIRE! The stakes have only gotten higher for the couple in Savage Burn. Danger is lurking around every corner. It seems like Rick and Candace’s enemies has only multiplied.

Savage Burn is full of twists. You may think you know what is going to happen, but Lisa Renee Jones is great at throwing the reader curve balls.  I love being surprised and the Savage series has brought many.  This is my first series from the author therefore I didn’t know any of the men from Walker Security, but I have now picked up their books because I adore them. The banter between them brings the right amount of light moments in Savage Burn.

The sexual chemistry is still high between Rick and Candace, but the emotional quotient is a hundred times higher.  The couple has reunited, confessed their love and determination to get through their current woes but the fear remains high. Rick is afraid Candace will leave him if she learns everything about him and Candace is afraid Rick will leave her to protect her. Now, we all know fear only leads to bad decisions.

The second book in the Savage trilogy takes the reader on an emotional, suspense filled roller coaster. Rick and Candace are a special couple and I’m dying to know what happens to them.  The ending of Savage Burn is quite the cliffhanger. It’s one of those moments where you think “oh sh*t” when you realize it’s the last page and you’re going to have to wait for months for the final book.

Savage Burn is a MUST read! I love Rick and Candace and can’t wait to find out what will happen next!

SAVAGE HUNGER by Lisa Renee Jones

SAVAGE HUNGER by Lisa Renee Jones

SAVAGE HUNGER by Lisa Renee JonesSavage Hunger by Lisa Renee Jones
Series: Savage #1
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense
Reviewed by:Author

Savage Hunger is a sexy second chance romance with and edge of suspense.  This was my first read from Lisa Renee Jones. I can’t believe I waited so long to try her books.  I fell in love with Rick and Candace’s intense sexual chemistry right away. They sucked me into their exciting romance from page one.

Rick and Candace have one of the sexiest meet cutes I’ve ever read. The hot drama begins quickly.  Rick and Candace once a couple on the road to marriage have now been apart for years. Rick broke Candace’s heart into a million pieces. Now he’s being forced back into her realm by an enemy who plans to use Candace against him. One thing that was refreshing is the fact that Rick is not shy about telling Candace what he wants. He is definitely an Alpha hero determined to get what he wants and right now he plans to take back what is his…Candace.

Candace isn’t quite so receptive to his dominant wishes, but the sexual tension is definitely reawakening her sex drive. Unfortunately, Candace is engaged to a soon-to-be presidential candidate. We quickly learn things are not what they seem between the engaged couple. Candace is being forced to be the dutiful fiancée and she can’t afford to let her ex mess up her plans to get herself out of this situation.

Savage Hunger is an appropriate title for this book because you can absolutely feel the hunger burning between them. I don’t want to give a lot away because I’m highly recommending you read Savage Hunger!  I’m addicted to Rick and Candace.  I generally shy away from trilogies until they are all released but I was tempted and now I’m dying to read the rest of the series.

Lisa Renee Jones gives the reader a sensual, suspenseful feast with Savage Hunger. If you love domineering a man determined protect the woman, he loves while winning her heart Savage Hunger is for you. Don’t miss out on this great read.

WOLF RAIN by Nalini Singh

WOLF RAIN by Nalini Singh

WOLF RAIN by Nalini SinghWolf Rain by Nalini Singh

Berkley

The fate of millions of lives hangs in the balance in this new Psy-Changeling Trinity novel from New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh…
 
Kidnapped as a young girl, her psychic powers harnessed by a madman, Memory lives a caged and isolated existence…until she comes face-to-face with a wolf. Labelled an empath by her bad-tempered rescuer, Memory knows that her ‘gift’ is nothing so bright. It is a terrible darkness that means she will always be hunted.
 
But Memory is free now and she intends to live. A certain growly wolf can just deal with it.
 
Alexei prefers to keep his packmates at bay, the bleak history of his family a constant reminder that mating, love, hope is not for him. But Memory, this defiant and fearless woman who stands toe-to-toe with him awakens the most primal part of his nature—and soon, he must make a choice: risk everything or lose Memory to a murderous darkness that wants to annihilate her from existence…

Alexei Vasiliey Harte is one of the Snow Dancer Lieutenants. Once a lighthearted person, his entire personality underwent a change when his brother went rouge and had to be killed.  Now Alexei waits for what he believes the next part of a family curse will be.  One day he heard a sound in the woods so sad and painful and follows it to find the source. Alexei can tell that whoever is projecting this sound is powerful and deeply in pain and grief.  What he doesn’t expect to find is a young woman Psy caged in Snow Dancer land.  Memory Aven-Rose watched as a madman killed her mother and then kidnapped her and has held Memory ever since.  What Memory didn’t understand until she got older was why this happened.  Memory’s only joy growing up as a captive has been a pet, which just died after many years of companionship. Her pain and grief is so huge she can’t hold it in and lets it out into the world.  When Alexei suddenly shows up in her “home” Memory can only deal with her grief at first.

Alexei quickly learns what made Memory so special and is determined to help her fully escape the madman who kidnapped her so long ago and to learn about her gift.  Memory struggles to accept just what her Psy gift is with Alexei’s help and those others with her type of gift.  The real struggle at least for Alexei is that his wolf knows exactly who Memory is to them and Alexei is fighting it believing he doesn’t get a chance at a true loving future.  As Alexei and Memory work together to free her from the darkness of her childhood and to learn just where she fits in her designation, they are also falling deeply in love.  When all the answers are found, it seems truly freeing Memory is going to be easier than Alexei overcoming his fear of what his future will be.  Can Memory’s love and the love and support of his pack help Alexei step into the golden love just waiting for him?

Wolf Raingives Alexei not only his mate, but the faith to believe he has a future with his mate.  Wow, what a journey Memory and Alexei have before they can just be together.  Their attraction is there from the first and the passion soon follows.  I absolutely loved how they fought together and for each other when needed.  I also loved how we saw both sides of being an E-Psy.  All creation has a light and dark side, so I was happy to see the dark side of them also and how they still helped ease the mind.  I always wondered what type of mate Alexei would end up with and Memory more than meets my expectations on just who Alexei needed.  Wolf Rainhas shot up to one of my favorite Psy-Changeling books.  There is so much going on that makes it a rich and multilayered story.  I just have to Joyfully Recommend it as a must read.

Charmer in Chaps by Julia London

Charmer in Chaps by Julia London

Charmer in Chaps by Julia London
Charmer in Chaps by Julia London
Princes of Texas #1
Penguin

A Texas Prince Meets His Match...
 
Cimarron County knows the youngest son of the fabled Prince family as a womanizing hell-raiser, but Luca has changed and he intends to prove it. There's just one problem—a woman with sparkling eyes and more fight than a barnyard cat.
 
After a childhood of living in foster homes, Ella Kendall has exactly three things to her name: A dog, a pig, and the rundown house she just inherited. Luca may not remember her from high school, but she definitely remembers him. He is as seductive as he was then, but Ella isn't about to fall for his flirting. She recognizes a playboy cowboy when she sees one.
 
Luca knows Ella has learned the hard way to trust no one but herself. Yet the closer he gets to Ella, the more he wants to be the only one she leans on. Because Ella is the only woman for him, and he wants to be the man who finally gives her the home she truly deserves.

Ella Kendall’s life has been one of hardship. Her mother’s in prison and she bounced from foster home to foster home throughout her youth.  But Ella finally has a place to call her own.  Her grandmother left her a small home in the middle of the vast acreage known to belong to the infamous Prince family. Ella is quite familiar with the Princes’ from the outside.  After all, Luca Prince was her first crush.  She spent her high school years yearning for his attention.

Luca Prince has led a life of privilege.  He’s known as the playboy prince who loves em’ and leaves em.’ However, his life was not without difficulties.  He’s a thirty-year-old man learning to read for the first time while trying to follow his dream.  A dream no one seems to think he can accomplish.

Ella and Luca crashed into each other’s life with intense passion.  Will they be able to fall in love when neither has ever felt it before? 

Julia London’s The Charmer in Chaps is a sweet and sexy southern romance filled with interesting characters, sensitive storylines and a heady love story. I enjoyed taking this journey with such complex characters as Ella and Luca.  Ella has a wall around her heart and Luca has never tried to have a relationship before.  They are both in unsteady waters trying to maneuver without getting hurt. Unfortunately, the thing about love is if it can’t hurt you in some way it’s not worth it.  I feel like these two went to war with self-doubt and many other insecurities.  It was beautiful to watch as these two learned how to love themselves and each other.

The Charmer in Chaps is a heartfelt read that will leave you sighing with happiness and wondering what will happen next with these unique characters. I Joyfully Recommend The Charmer in Chaps!

Of Blood and Bone

Of Blood and Bone

St. Martin’s Press Science Fiction, Dystopian, Magic Nora Roberts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Year One returns with Of Blood and Bone, a new tale of terror and magick in a brand new world. They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of thisContinue Reading

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts

YEAR ONE by Nora Roberts

St. Martin’s Press Science Fiction, Dystopian, Magic A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…It began on New Year’s Eve.Continue Reading

THE KISS THIEF by L. J. Shen

THE KISS THIEF by L. J. Shen

The Kiss Thief by L. J. Shen Genres: Contemporary Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Self Published 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. TheyContinue Reading

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer Ryan

DIRTY LITTLE SECRET by Jennifer Ryan

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Ryan Genres: Contemporary, Western Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Avon 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 hisContinue Reading

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

CONSUMED by J. R. Ward

Consumed by J. R. Ward Genres: Contemporary, Suspense Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Gallery Books 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 fearlessContinue Reading

OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh

OCEAN LIGHT by Nalini Singh

Ocean Light by Nalini Singh Series: Psy-Changeling Trinity #2 Genres: Paranormal Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Berkley Publishing Group 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 newContinue Reading

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

Furyborn by Claire Legrand Series: Empirium Trilogy #1 Genres: Fantasy, New Adult Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Sourcebooks Fire 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,Continue Reading

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

WILDFIRE by Ilona Andrews

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews Series: Hidden Legacy #3 Genres: Paranormal Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Avon 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, butContinue Reading

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

EVERY DEEP DESIRE by Sharon Wray

Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray Series: Deadly Force #1 Genres: Contemporary, Suspense Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Sourcebooks 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,Continue Reading

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

The Rogue Queen by Emily R. King Series: Hundredth Queen #3 Genres: Fantasy Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Skyscape In the explosive third volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, the queen of fire faces off against a demon of ice. Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. TheContinue Reading

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

UNDONE BY YOU by Kate Meader

Undone by You by Kate Meader Series: Chicago Rebels #3 Genres: Contemporary, MM, Sports Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Pocket Star Dante Moretti has just landed his dream job: GM of the Chicago Rebels. And screw the haters who think there should be an asterisk next to his name because he’s the first out managing executive inContinue Reading

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

SO OVER YOU by Kate Meader

So Over You by Kate Meader Series: Chicago Rebels #2 Genres: Contemporary, Sports Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Pocket Star     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 playoffsContinue Reading

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

The Fire Queen by Emily R. King Series: The Hundredth Queen #2 Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult Reviewed by:PublisherPublished by Skyscape     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 forbiddenContinue Reading

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

ELECT by Rachel Van Dyken

Elect by Rachel Van Dyken Series: Eagle Elite #2 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense Reviewed by:ReviewerPublished by Hachette Digital, Inc.   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 madeContinue Reading

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

ELITE by Rachel Van Dyken

Elite by Rachel Van Dyken Series: Eagle Elite #1 Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Suspense Reviewed by:ReviewerPublished by Hachette Digital, Inc. 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 scholarshipContinue Reading

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